American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
For Immediate Release Apr 08, 2008

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS:  Dr. Naama Constantini received one of the Outstanding Research Awards presented at the Rendevous II Meeting. Dr Constantini’s study entitled “Physical Activity is Associated with Increased Bone Mass in Female Adolescents Despite Vitamin D Deficiency”, examined the relationship between physical activity, vitamin D, and bone mineral density in 148 adolescent females. 51 ballet dancers and 97 sedentary adolescents were grouped according to serum vitamin D levels and controlled for age, body mass index, physical activity, calcium and energy intake, bone mineral density (BMD) and parathyroid hormone levels. Physical activity levels were positively related to BMD with an increasing magnitude as the serum vitamin D levels decreased. The researchers concluded that the effects on BMD may be vitamin D related, and physical activity was a superior method to improve bone mass.

Dr. Constantini is a physician at the Hadassah University Medical Center located in Jerusalem, Israel.

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) was organized in 1991 by physicians who recognized the need for an organization within the field of sports medicine that approached athletes, exercising individuals and teams comprehensively with consultative and continuous care of their orthopedic, medical, nutritional and psychosocial issues. Although sports medicine concepts are often thought of in conjunction with professional and elite athletes, these concepts apply to athletes of all levels including grade school, high school, college and recreational athletes. AMSSM is comprised of over 1000 Sports Medicine Physicians whose goal is to provide a link between the rapidly expanding core of knowledge related to sports medicine and its application to patients in a clinical setting.

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