Sports that involve jumping or fast starts and stops and increase the load put on the body’s bones, seemed most associated with the enhanced protection for men.
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Training older people in martial arts could cut their chances of suffering broken bones or fractures when they fall, according to experts.
People do not achieve peak bone mass until their late twenties, so if cyclists or swimmers are in their early or mid twenties, and they’re not doing any exercise that’s going to load their spine and help them achieve peak bone mass, they may be putting themselves at risk for a fracture.