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Assessment of changes in adolescent neuromotor fitness and bone strength

The development of improved bone health during adolescence can result in benefits that last well into adulthood. Further, it is thought that levels of speed, strength and muscular power, termed “neuromotor fitness”, are associated with improvements in bone health, particularly bone strength. The primary aim of this research is to assess the development of neuromotor fitness and bone health (and bone strength) over the course of a year.

To be eligible for participation in this study, individuals must be between the ages of 10 and 11 as well as boys between the ages of 12 and 13 who are free from musculoskeletal injury or known conditions that could affect bone health or development.

Participation in this research involves measurement of general physical descriptors (age, height and weight and bone health, i.e. bone strength) on one day as well as physical fitness measures (muscular strength, lower body muscular power, aerobic capacity, sprint speed and change of direction ability) on a second day. You will also be asked to fill out a food frequency questionnaire, maturity questionnaire and physical activity questionnaire. We plan for this testing to be done three times in 6-month intervals (baseline, six months and one year).

For further information about the research or participation please contact Chief Investigator: Sophia Nimphius at s.nimphius@ecu.edu.au

Funding agency

ECU Early Career Researcher Grant

Project duration

April 2015 to May 2016


Researchers

Dr Sophia Nimphius, Chief Investigator
Adam Smith, Senior Research Assistant
Dr Nicolas Hart, Associate Investigator
Professor Robert U Newton, Mentor
Dr Timo Rantalainen, Deakin University, Associate Investigator
Associate Professor Aris Siafarikas, Princess Margaret Hospital, Associate Investigator

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