2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Correlation between Physical Activity Factor and Bone Mineral Density in College-Age Women
Maria C. Backes*, Kelci B. Besand , Austin J. Stephenson, and Daniele L. Walker
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of the study was to assess the relationship between physical activity level within the past six months and BMD of college-age females. College women (n = 32, age = 19.4 0.8 y) completed the Minnesota Heart Health Program (MHHP) Leisure Time Physical Activity survey to assess frequency, duration, and intensity of physical activity per week within the past six months on a 0-45 scale before undergoing a DXA scan. Pearson correlations indicated significant correlations of BMD with height (r = 0.61) and weight (r = 0.56). There was not a significant correlation between MHHP and BMD (r = -0.002, p = 0.990). The mean Z-score for BMD (1.1 1.2) indicated high BMD for most subjects, with 59% scoring >1 standard deviation above the norm for age. Activity level within the past six months is not a significant factor in determining BMD in college-age women.

Keywords: Bone Mineral Density , Physical Activity , Activity factor

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 8-6
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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