(BOSTON) -- Young girls who participate in physical activities for several hours a week are twice as likely to suffer from a stress fracture than girls who do not, according to a study published Monday in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital followed 6,800 adolescent girls for seven years and found that those who were physically active for eight or more hours a week were more likely to develop the injury. The increased risk for stress fractures was specifically associated with running, basketball, cheerleading and gymnastics.
The study also found that young girls with a history of osteoporosis in their family were almost twice as likely to develop a stress fracture, putting them at an even higher risk if they also engage in the specified sports. These girls are advised to lower their fracture risk by incorporating more lower-impact activities into their weekly routines.
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