High-impact sports may raise stress fracture risk in some girls

04/5/2011 | HealthDay News

Girls ages 9 to 15 with a family history of osteoporosis who engaged in high-impact activities, such as running, gymnastics and cheerleading, were about twice as likely to experience a stress fracture compared with other girls, researchers found. Girls who spent at least eight hours per week on such activities were also twice as likely to suffer a stress fracture as those who did less than four hours a week, according to the study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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