Osteofit is an evidence-based program designed and updated by clinical specialists from BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre's Osteoporosis Program in association with the Bone Health Research Group at the UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility.
Strength and balance training, as prescribed in the Osteofit program, is an essential part of evidence-based clinical guideline care for patients with osteoporosis (Brown and Josse, 2002). The primary goals of the training are to maintain bone and muscles mass and to improve balance and reaction time (American Geriatrics Society, British Geriatrics Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Panel on Falls Prevention 2001).
Clinical trials conducted by the University of British Columbia's Centre for Hip Health & Mobility's Bone Health Research Group have shown the Osteofit program to benefit participants by modifying the risk factors for osteoporotic fracture. Benefits include improvements in:
- muscle mass
- strength gain
- dynamic balance
Osteofit has been proven to improve strength and balance in 65-75 year old women with osteoporosis who undertook the program, demonstrating a:
- 13% improvement in quadriceps strength
- 5% improvement in a balanced movement pattern
Studies also show that the social aspects of a program such asOsteofit can significantly improve the health status of previously isolated women. However, the studies to date did not assessOsteofit in a 'naturalistic' setting (i.e., in the previous studies participants were recruited specifically for research).