Entries in Stress Fracture (3)


Could Vitamin D Be Linked with Lower Stress Fracture Risk in Girls?

FogStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- We hear a lot about the benefits of vitamin D -- the so-called "sunshine vitamin." Now research has found that vitamin D appears to increase bone strength in teenage girls.
A new study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine followed more than 6,700 girls aged 9 to 15 from 1996 to 2001.
After reporting on their dietary intake, including dairy, calcium, vitamin D and vitamin supplements, researchers at the Children's Hospital Boston found that stress fractures developed in 3.9 percent of the girls studied, with 90 percent of them among those who participated in high-impact activities such as organized sports.
The girls who had recorded the highest intake of vitamin D from food and supplements had a 50-percent lower risk of stress fractures than those getting the lowest amount.
The study authors say their findings support the recent move by the Institute of Medicine to increase the recommended daily allowance of vitamin D for adolescents.

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Active Girls Twice as Likely to Experience Stress Fractures

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(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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Teens: Growing Pains or Stress Fracture? 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) - Some researchers worry that your teenager's doctor could be dismissing stress fractures from athletics as simple growing pains, reports WebMD.

Research suggests that such fractures are under-reported in teens, with a majority of the injuries occurring in those who participate in track, cross country, basketball, soccer and football.

''Parents should be aware, this is a problem, and it's a greater problem than people necessarily think," Andrew Goodwillie, chief resident at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, told WebMD.

According to Goodwillie, stress fractures occur when an overworked muscle transfers stress to the bone, resulting in small cracks or fractures. The problem is more common in girls than boys.

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