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Impact of biological maturation as a potentiating agent of bone gains resulting from sports participation among adolescents: ABCD growth study

Grant number: 19/15959-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): October 31, 2019
Effective date (End): March 27, 2020
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physical Education
Principal Investigator:Rômulo Araújo Fernandes
Grantee:Yuri da Silva Ventura Faustino da Silva
Supervisor: Manuel João Cerdeira Coelho e Silva
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Presidente Prudente. Presidente Prudente , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade de Coimbra (UC), Portugal  
Associated to the scholarship:18/09230-2 - Longitudinal impact of athletic practice on bone health, metabolism and inflammation of adolescents: ABCD-GROWTH study, BP.MS


Osteoporosis is one of the diseases that most affects the health of the world population, especially during aging. However, one of the most important phases of human growth and development for purposes of bone tissue development and gain is adolescence (where peak growth velocity occurs). And the practice of physical exercises (mainly of impact) has been able to induce response in the structure and in the biochemical markers of the bone metabolism. However when considering these two statements, a gap still remains. This gap refers to the existence of a possible maximization of the bone gains resulting from the sports practice during these periods of more accelerated bone formation. Although our questions seem plausible, this process has not yet been clarified in the literature. In addition to the most used methods for analyzing bone development (DEXA or hand and wrist X-ray), however, the hand and wrist radiographs are only able to analyze in terms of bone structure, disregarding the quality of the tissue. Looking at this perspective, it is necessary to fill a gap in the literature, where the search for equational models, which make it possible to predict the development of bone maturation through the image of DEXA, can enable a more complete analysis of the bone tissue, even more the methods that can be used in the research project, as well as in the area of knowledge in question. Objective: To identify the potential role of biological maturation on bone gains resulting from sports practice among adolescents, as well as to develop a noninvasive method for analysis of bone maturation using the bone densitometry technique of the wrist and hand region. This knowledge is of great relevance for a better understanding of the phenomena covered in the masters scholarship. (AU)

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FAUSTINO-DA-SILVA, V, YURI; MARTINHO, V, DIOGO; COELHO-E-SILVA, MANUEL J.; VALENTE-DOS-SANTOS, JOAO; CONDE, JORGE; OLIVEIRA, TOMAS G.; RONQUE, V, ENIO R.; AGOSTINETE, RICARDO R.; FERNANDES, ROMULO A.; SHERAR, LAUREN B.. Reproducibility and inter-observer agreement of Greulich-Pyle protocol to estimate skeletal age among female adolescent soccer players. BMC PEDIATRICS, v. 20, n. 1, . (18/09230-2, 19/15959-8)

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