Evidence-based Exercise Program for Osteoporotic Fracture Prevention [Interview][Transcript]

Guest: Dr. Belinda Beck

Presenter: Tabetha Moreto

Guest Bio: Belinda Beck is a Professor at Griffith University in the School of Allied Health Sciences and the Menzies Health Institute Queensland and a Director of The Bone Clinic. She graduated from The University of Queensland (BHMS[Ed]) and from the University of Oregon (MSc and PhD) where she studied sports medicine and exercise physiology. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Stanford University School of Medicine (CA, USA). Her work, primarily related to the effects of mechanical loading on bone, has involved both animal and human models, from basic to clinical research. Her particular focuses have been exercise interventions for the prevention of osteoporosis and fracture in old age, and the prevention and management of bone stress injuries in the military. Her work has involved observational and clinical trials in exercise and vibration training across the lifespan. She recently co-founded The Bone Clinic, an innovative translational research facility and health service with a focus on safe and efficacious exercise for osteoporosis.

Segment overview: In today’s Health Supplier Segment, we welcome The Bone Clinic co-founder Dr. Belinda Beck here to share information about the research and exercise program they have been conducting. The Bone Clinic is the first of its kind in Australia (actually the world), and provides inclusive care from physical evaluation to practical treatment; including bone density tests, supervised exercise programs, dietary guidance, and education – all in one location. Ahead of its second birthday, The Bone Clinic invited long-term clients to assess their progress after following their individualised programs for over a year. They predict that the evidence-based exercise program is decreasing the amount of falls by 70% per year and fractures by 95% within 12 months.

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