The Physical Performance Show: Professor Belinda Beck (Founder The Bone Clinic) ‘Bone Stress Injuries in Adolescent Athletes’

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In episode 293 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Professor Belinda Beck (Founder The Bone Clinic), ‘Bone Stress Injuries in Adolescent Athletes’ in this Expert Edition.

Professor Beck is an Exercise Physiologist, world renowned and revered bone researcher, musculoskeletal anatomist and self-confessed ‘scientific myth-buster’. Belinda is the pioneer and Founder of both The Bone Clinic and the award winning ONERO exercise program for osteoporosis. Belinda is prolific in the scientific literature when it comes to the role of exercise and its effect on bone. Professor Beck’s chief work goal being to develop evidence based, safe and effective management and prevention for musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoporosis, stress fractures and osteoarthritis.

In 2021, Professor Beck co-authored a narrative review Risk Factors Diagnosis and Management of Bone Stress Injuries in Adolescent Athletes: A Narrative Review. It was co-authored with her colleague, Physiotherapist for the Queensland Ballet Louise Drysdale. In this episode Professor Beck discusses that paper and shares around bone stress injuries in the adolescent and adult athlete, and general life principles in optimising our skeletal health.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Introduction to Professor Belinda Beck
  • Definitions: adolescence, bone stress injuries 
  • Pathophysiology of bone stress injuries
  • Adolescent bone stress injury rate
  • The role of genetics and skeletal health
  • Our skeletal mechanosensitivity
  • Risk factors for bone stress injuries 
  • Importance of periodising workload
  • The concept of rate of growth
  • Bone geometry
  • Key nutrients for bone health
  • Hormone profile and the influence on bone health
  • Professor Beck’s best advice
  • Physical Challenge for the week 

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“In some cases it’s not good to ignore pain.”
“Genes determine the largest proportion of what makes our bones strong”
“Don’t specialize too early.”
“Start young and maintain a variety of exercise activities.”
“We have the capacity to change bones throughout our lives.”
 “Its really important to get adequate calcium during growth.”

Best Advice for parents with children in sport pursuit

  1. Try to give them a balance view of health across the life span
  2. Find a training, eating and social strategy that suits you
  3. Rest
  4. Find variety of exercises

 “Listen to your body and control your loading.” – Physical Challenge


Risk Factors Diagnosis and Management of Bone Stress Injuries in Adolescent Athletes: A Narrative Review 

To follow Prof Belinda Beck

Twitter: @BelindaRBeck
Google Scholar: Belinda Beck
Website: The Bone Clinic
Episode 82 of The Physical Performance Show featuring Prof Belinda Beck – Bone Health Expert

People Mentioned

Louis Drysdale – Physiotherapist 
Amy Harding (PhD) –  Researcher, Menzies Health Institute, Griffith University; Exercise & Bone Health across the Lifespan, Episode 278 of The Physical Performance Show
Professor Stuart Warden–  (PT, PhD, FACSM, FASBMR) ‘Preventing Bone Stress Injuries in Runners’, Episode 281 of The Physical Performance Show
Emily Seebohm (OAM) – Australian Olympic Swimmer

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