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Title: Lumbar spine, hip and forearm bone mineral density in a group of Lebanese professional football players
Other Titles: Densité minérale osseuse du rachis lombaire, de la hanche et de lavant-bras chez un groupe de footballeurs professionnels libanais
Authors: Hage, Rawad El 
jaber, Moussa
Jacob, Christophe 
Moussa, Elie 
Theunynck, Denis
Affiliations: Department of Physical Education 
Department of Physical Education 
Department of Physical Education 
Keywords: Bone health
Subjects: Physical activities
Issue Date: 2013
Part of: Science & sports journal
Volume: 28
Issue: 4
Start page: 204
End page: 206
Introduction The aim of this study was to explore the effects of football practice on lumbar spine, proximal femur and forearm bone mineral density (BMD) in healthy men aged 18 to 30 years. Summary of facts This study included 25 Lebanese professional football players (aged 18 to 30 years). Weight and height were measured, and body mass index was calculated. BMD of the lumbar spine (L2–L4), the total hip (TH), the femoral neck (FN) and the total forearm was assessed by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). BMD values were converted to T-scores. Peak BMD was provided by the densitometer's software. In this group, mean T-scores were 0.16, 1.39, 1.37 and −1.11 for the lumbar spine, the TH, the FN and the total forearm respectively. Conclusion This study suggests that football practice is associated with an increased BMD at the TH but a decreased BMD at the forearm in adult males.
DOI: 10.1016/j.scispo.2012.05.002
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Type: Journal Article
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