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Physical activity in childhood and bone health
  1. Colin A G Boreham1,
  2. Heather A McKay2
  1. 1Institute for Sport and Health, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2Department of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Colin Boreham, Institute for Sport and Health, University College Dublin, Newstead Building, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland; colin.boreham{at}


The aim of this review is to provide a concise overview and update on recent advances in the field of physical activity in childhood and its effects on bone growth with an emphasis on the potential to prevent fractures. In addition, the review poses several unresolved questions in the field for future research.

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