Springfield College Exercise Science And Sport Studies Associate Professor Leads Bone Health Study
Posted September 7, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Beginning this fall with the help of the Springfield College Center for Wellness Education and Research, Exercise Science and Sport Studies Associate Professor Elizabeth O’Neill will lead a bone health study focused on Osteoporosis prevention for women between the ages of 25-45. Osteoporosis is a disease of low bone mass, increasing susceptibility to fractures.
The goal of the study is to examine the impact various modes of exercise have on bone health, body composition and muscular strength; and to analyze whether certain modes of training are more effective at improving an individual’s bone health to help prevent Osteoporosis. With more than two million osteoporotic fractures reported in the United States, Osteoporosis impacts an individual’s quality of life and can also increase mortality.
“Osteoporosis is a serious health issue in the United States, afflicting approximately 10 million Americans,” said O’Neill. “Exercise is often recognized for its benefits to bone health, however, some modes of exercise are potentially more beneficial than others. This study is designed to determine the impact various modes of exercise have on bone health in women 25-45.”
Participants in the study receive free fitness assessments, a bone scan, and guided exercise training twice a week for 12 months at the Springfield College Wellness facility. Funding for this study has been made possible through the Buxton Professorship, which was awarded to O’Neill for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years. The Buxton Professorship was created at the College to support teaching, scholarly, and service activities consistent with the mission of Springfield College.
Anyone interested in participating in the study is asked to contact O’Neill at (413) 748-3485 or by e-mail at email@example.com.