She Rallies tennis event held at Portishead

PUBLISHED: 16:32 30 October 2018

Portishead Tennis Club.

Portishead Tennis Club.

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Local Guides, Rainbows and Brownies were invited to Portishead Tennis Club for a She Rallies event.

Portishead Tennis Club invited all Portishead Rainbows, Guides and Brownies to a She Rallies tennis event for girls only to re-address the imbalance of one girl to 10 boys playing tennis under the campaign started by Judy Murray.

The previous date was postponed due to stormy weather and this enabled girls to come on World Osteoporsis Day.

Osteoporosis makes the bone become more fragile and more susceptible to breaking/ fracture. Tennis is fantastic for helping to prevent osteoporosis and tennis players can have up to a 30 per cent increase in bone density in their serving forearm which can help prevent many common wrist fractures in the over 50s.

Running and jumping are also great for the other important areas of bone - the hip and spine which can cause pain and disability from vertebral/spinal and hip fractures.

Continuing with weight bearing exercise through life can also benefit bone, cardiovascular fitness and improve balance to prevent falls. Tai chi is also extremely beneficial to prevent falls in older women and men.

The Osteoporosis Society and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy are currently completing new guidelines for people to prevent vertebral fractures, due for release in December.

Further information will be available in the new year for patients from the national osteoporosis Society nos.org.uk.

Rachel Lewis, She Rallies activator is a physiotherapy advisor and part of the guideline steering group. For further information regarding physiotherapy and osteoporosis, contact Rachel.Lewis@physio-hydro.com

Further She Rallies events will be held in the new year or further information contact Portisheadltc

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