Judo Could Improve Health

Saturday 24th April 2010

Taking up judo could improve the health of the elderly, according to new research from Dutch scientists. Researchers at the Institute for Fundamental and Clinical Human Movement Sciences in Amsterdam claim that taking up the martial art could especially benefit elderly people who are frail and at increased risk of breaking bones.

The scientists suggest that teaching martial arts to pensioners could teach them how to avoid hip fractures and more. The scientists have studied the pressures put on the body by falling and have found that martial arts students are better able to roll into a less harmful position and better avoid damage to their bones.

Scientists now hope to develop the research further and hope to be able to use their findings, in future, to help people who are particularly at risk of damaging their bones, including the many thousands of people who suffer from osteoporosis.

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