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Exercise and Osteoporosis Prevention

Abdel Jalil Berro has successfully defended his PhD dissertation titled “ Déterminants de la santé osseuse chez des jeunes femmes en surpoids et obèses : Exploration et influences de deux programmes d’entrainement physique (force vs. endurance)”. The dissertation was prepared under the co-tutorship agreement between the University of Balamand and the University of Picardie Jules Verne, France. It was supervised by Dr. Rawad El Hage - University of Balamand, and Professor Said Ahmaidi - University of Picardie Jules Verne. Seven articles were published in international peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. El Hage, Chairperson of the Physical Education Department, declared that he is very satisfied with the results of Dr. Berro’s research. In brief, the research showed that the two training programs (strength and endurance) increase whole body bone mineral content and lumbar spine bone mineral density but decrease body weight and fat mass in young overweight and obese women. Strength training also increases trabecular bone score and composite indices of femoral neck strength (compressive strength index, bending strength index and impact strength index).

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