Muscle forces or gravity: what predominates mechanical loading on bone?

@article{Kohrt2009MuscleFO,
  title={Muscle forces or gravity: what predominates mechanical loading on bone?},
  author={Wendy M. Kohrt and Daniel W. Barry and Robert S. Schwartz},
  journal={Medicine and science in sports and exercise},
  year={2009},
  volume={41 11},
  pages={2033-6}
}
Most mechanical forces acting on the skeleton are generated either through impact with the ground (i.e., gravitational loading) or through muscle contractions (i.e., muscle loading). If one of these conduits for activating mechanotransduction in bone is more effective than the other with respect to developing or maintaining bone strength, this would have important clinical implications for prescribing physical activity for the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis. This section of the… CONTINUE READING