Lab Coats, Osteoporosis and Weight Training

Posted on 05 Jan 2016 15:18

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In July 2015, Yahoo News published an article with a supporting video of patients suffering from Osteoporosis engaging in weight training as a means to a cure or prevention in Brisbane, Australia.

There is not a lot of information published on this study1 and from the very limited information available online the summary is that Queensland Research is conducting the first ever world trial of weight training as a means to prevent bone fractures in patients suffering from Osteoporosis. This is the first ever study and it falls under geriatric care with the patients being elderly folk.

I think it is really great that scientists and doctors are exploring weight training and it is about time the general population realized that weight training is not the big bad devil. In my corner of the world, in India, an overwhelming number of misinformed or outdated and malicious doctors blame weight training for the most inane medical problems. A lot of us practitioners of weight training know from experience that weight training helps us – physiologically and psychologically. This is now going to be proven by the smart people in white lab coats. I just hope that in all this, especially once you factor in the obsession with corrective exercises, that people do not get carried away and associate powerlifting or maximal strength training with leading a healthy happy life. The last thing we need is for people to think that deadlifting heavy is going to result in a “healthy” back. I do not deadlift five hundred plus pounds to keep my back healthy, okay? Let us not be under any illusions. I want a health back so that I can deadlift five hundred plus pounds. This study is about preventing bone fractures in patients suffering from osteoporosis. Hopefully the Queensland Research doctors will determine that weight training, in general, results in healthier and happier joints and it is one of many activities you can engage in for long term joint health – especially in patients suffering from Osteoporosis who are much more prone to bone fractures.


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Osteoporosis Patient performing Deadlifts in World's First Ever Clinical Trial of Weight Training

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Osteoporosis Patient performing Deadlifts in World's First Ever Clinical Trial of Weight Training



Click on the video below to get a quick look into this study.

Geriatric Patients suffering from Osteoporosis engaging in Weight Training to Prevent Bone Fractures

Bibliography
: Yahoo News Article : Yahoo Australia Published the following news article in July 2015: Click Here

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