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Oulu Deaconess Institute

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A research group with multi-disciplinary expertise was brought together and carried out the first population-level randomized exercise trial in elderly women showing an increased risk of fractures based on bone density measurements.

This study showed for the first time that this kind of exercise had an effect on preventing hip fractures. The study was conducted by the Oulu Deaconess Institute, Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine, in cooperation with the University of Oulu Institute of Health Sciences and University Hospital of Oulu Neurology Clinic. The exercises and training programs are designed by Raija Korpelainen, Ph.D., professor of health exercise and Satu Siirtola, physiotherapist.