Kids’ Exercise Levels Connected To Knee Problems Later In Life


A thorough study has recently been conducted by Australian researchers – it reveals that the level of physical exercise a child has in their early years is pivotal in their knee development later on. Changhai Ding from the University of Tasmania and her colleagues explain:

Childhood PPMs [physical performance measures] were consistently and positively associated with adult knee tibial bone area 25 years later.

Physical fitness during childhood is measured by something called ‘physical work capacity at 170 beats per minute (PWC170).’ It sounds a bit too scientific, but it’s relatively simple – the higher your PWC170, the greater your adult tibial cartilage volume. This means that everyone should play sports and be physically active from an early age in order to stay healthy in adulthood.

Although the low response rate (about 43%) of the participants could somewhat endanger the credibility of the study, the feedback they received and the information they came across add up. Sure, we all know that you shouldn’t sit in a chair your entire life, but now we have an official research that can confirm that.

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