[This is a guest blog by one of our Athletic Interns, Adam Whitehead, an Exercise Science student from East Carolina University]
According to the Essentials of Strength and Conditioning book by NSCA, osteoporosis is a disease in which BMD (Bone Mineral Density) and bone mass become reduced to critically low levels. So one might think that if they have the chance for, or have existing osteoporosis; then they would want to stay away from higher impact activities or activities that would put a stress on the bones. That is completely opposite of what is recommended. Depending on the severity of someone’s osteoporosis, depends on the intensity of the activities they participate in.
Wolf’s Law states “Every change in the form and function of a bone or of their function alone is followed by certain definitive changes in their internal architecture and equally definite secondary alteration in their external conformation, in accordance with mathematical laws” (NSCA); meaning that when stress is applied to the bone, it adapts with the transformation of new tissue. Also studies have been done by orthopedic surgeon, Harold Frost that have stated; “Repetitive dynamic loads on bone trigger remodeling; static loads do not.”
For someone who has not been checked for osteoporosis and does not know, think about it like this. Say you have saved up 1,000 dollars in the bank (you have applied stress to your bones through dynamic weight bearing activity and they have developed a high BMD). Some one else has saved up only 100 dollars in the bank (did not take care of their self and did not do much weight bearing activity and have a low BMD). A robber comes and steals 100 dollars out of each bank account (with age our bones are going to weaken BMD decreases). Who is hurting worse?
At Athletic Lab we offer our Cary CrossFit which is a fitness program that is designed to get people extremely fit through constantly varied athletic movements.Those constantly varied athletic movements will apply a dynamic stress on your bones to build up, strengthen, and help reverse the osteoporosis disease. As stated before, if you have existing osteoporosis, depending on the severity we can modify the workouts to fit your needs.