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Research participants aged 50 to 70 needed for a bone strength study

Professor Martelli Saulo of Flinders University is seeking participants for research into how exercise affects the strength of the thigh bone in the area near the hip, a common site for fractures. By participating you would be helping to build our understanding of which specific exercises can help prevent osteoporosis.

This is a randomised controlled trial, which means that people will be randomly assigned to groups, with each group given different tasks, the results of which can then be compared. If you are assigned to an exercise group, you will need to exercise a single leg of your choice three times per week for 16 weeks, using gym equipment available at the Repatriation General Hospital. A senior physiotherapist will assist you. If you are in the ‘control’ group you will be asked to continue your usual lifestyle.

Both groups will need to have two imaging scans of their leg which will require a 15 minute visit to the Repat. There is no cost for participation.

To be eligible to participate you must be:

  • Female
  • Aged 50 to 70 years old
  • Able to walk unassisted
  • Meet other conditions as listed in the participant information sheet

To find out more or to volunteer to participate contact Dr Martelli Saulo:

Ph 8201 2674 – saulo.martelli@flinders.edu.au