Jump for Bone Health

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Good news for high-flying volleyball playersjumping and other high-impact activities reduce bone mass loss and may even trigger an increase in bone mass. Researchers from the University of Bristol in the U.K., the German Aerospace Center, and the Atrium Medical Center in the Netherlands found that vertical impacts of greater than 4.2 Gs (say when running a 10-minute mile or jumping onto and off a 15-inch box) accounted for the largest increase of bone mineral density. Volleyball, with its constant jumping, is therefore beneficial for the bones of adolescents and adults alike, helping to build strong bones in our youth and maintain strength as we age.

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