Gymnastics could help kids' health later in life

May 5, 2010 1:54:49 PM PDT
Millions of young girls across the country are involved in long term gymnastics training. Now new research shows this sport may be giving them a leg up in the aging process.

A study conducted in Greece says gymnastics may actually help young girls avoid problems such as osteoporosis when they get older.

Those girls who trained in gymnastics for at least two years had a marked improvement in bone density, bone mineral and thickness. In other words, their bones were healthier.

Experts say, the long-term benefits of intensive exercise on bone development is still unclear, and children should be monitored when participating in a demanding sport.