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Central collaborates with University of Exeter on research project in bone density

Calendar Posted 6 February 2019

Central’s students took part in a research project last year in collaboration with the University of Exeter. The in-house lead was Anna Brodrick, Central’s Head of Medical and Wellbeing Department. The research looked at bone density and Vitamin D levels in 50 male and female dancers over a period of four months.

Anna explains: “The research is interesting because dancers, unlike many other types of athletes, train mostly indoors and so don’t get the benefit of Vitamin D from sunlight. We found that bone density within the heel bone in female dancers is higher than a non-exercising population of young people of similar age, but that this not the case in males”.

Anna has been working closely with Dr Jon Rees, Consultant in Rheumatology, Sport and Exercise Medicine, and as a result they are implementing a vitamin D strategy over the winter months to combat injuries related to deficiencies. Anna continues: “More research is needed within the dance population but the results are exciting and will help initiate strategies for preventing injuries”

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