Bone researchers in the University Departments of Medicine (Dr Ken Poole’s group) and Engineering have teamed up with sports scientists from Loughborough University to show the beneficial effects of short bursts of exercise on bone health. The HIP-HOP study (part-funded by the National Osteoporosis Society) proved that a single 3-minute bout of multidirectional hopping exercise performed daily thickened the hip bones of older men, particularly at sites at risk of hip fracture in later life.
Men aged 65 and older performed the exercises over the course of a year, and their bones were examined before and after 12 months using a Computed Tomography technique called Bone Mapping, also invented by the Cambridge teams.
Dr Allison won the Young Investigator Award at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and her findings are published in the society’s journal, the JBMR (edited by Professor Juliet Compston OBE, and the top ranking specialty journal). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jbmr.2499/abstract