EFFECTS OF PLAYING BADMINTON ON BONE PROPERTIES USING CALCANEAL QUANTITATIVE ULTRASOUND: A PRELIMINARY STUDY

Yoshitaka Yoshimura, Mihoko Shimomura, Ami Sato, Kazuto Oda, Kazuhide Iide, Hiroyuki Imamura

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Purpose: This study was designed to investigate the effects of playing badminton on calcaneal bone properties. Methods: Eleven sedentary collegiate women were recruited. They played badminton for 75 min, 2 days per week, for 10 weeks. The right calcaneus was assessed to measure speed of sound and broadband ultrasound attenuation using a quantitative ultrasound device. A stiffness index was derived from both the speed of sound and broadband ultrasound attenuation. Results: After the training period, broadband ultrasound attenuation and stiffness index did not change significantly, whereas speed of sound significantly increased, Conclusion: The results indicate that playing badminton influences calcaneal bone properties in a positive manner.

 

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speed of sound, broadband ultrasound attenuation, stiffness index, calcaneal bone properties, women, badminton

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