Play­ing foot­ball as a child makes your bones healthy

Daily Mail - - Good Health -

CHIL­DREN and ado­les­cents of both sexes should be en­cour­aged to play foot­ball to strengthen their bones, sug­gests a re­cent re­view of stud­ies pub­lished in the Euro­pean Jour­nal of Pe­di­atrics.

High-im­pact ac­tiv­i­ties such as foot­ball are known to stim­u­late bone growth, and re­searchers found ben­e­fits par­tic­u­larly in the spine, hips and legs.

The ef­fects were more marked in play­ers who had reached pu­berty than in younger chil­dren, as they had usu­ally been play­ing foot­ball for longer.

The sport could be used to re­duce fu­ture os­teo­porotic prob­lems in adults, re­searchers say.

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