425. Bone Mineral Density Advanced Interpretation in Athletic Injury Management

Monday, October 28
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom A
CE: 1.5
Level 3 – Advanced
Activity Code: 150415

Bone health is central to an athlete’s success and is often linked with longevity in aging. If breakdown of older bone outpaces the body’s ability to repair and replace it, the body may become vulnerable to stress fractures. Stress fractures can be difficult to manage, especially in the competitive athlete. These fractures develop over periods of many days, weeks or months, and athletes can typically count on a minimum of six to eight weeks of lost time when diagnosed. Preventing another stress fracture involves identifying and eliminating the factors that have caused or contributed to it. This session will provide attendees a high-level review of interpretation of bone mineral density (BMD) and other factors contributing to higher risk for bone related injury. Up-to-date recommendations and practical applications of nutrition recommendations for athletes across the lifespan will offer attendees a wealth of knowledge in formulating care plans for managing these injuries.

Planned with the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition DPG

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate contributing factors to bone injury in active populations.
  • Interpret bone mineral density imaging and test results.
  • Create nutrition recommendations for bone injury in athletic populations across the lifespan (adolescent and adult).

Learning Need Codes:

  • 3020 Assessment of target groups, populations
  • 4060 Exercise, fitness, and sports nutrition
  • 5130 Bone diseases, osteoporosis (disease/disorder)

Performance Indicator:

  • 8.2.4 Imparts knowledge of the importance of physical activity and applies behavior change principles to promote physical activity and decrease inactivity.
  • 8.3.7 Integrates new knowledge and skills into practice.
  • 10.2.9 In collaboration with the client and interdisciplinary team (including NDTRs), selects and implements current and evidence-based nutrition interventions and patient education.


  • Joseph Kindler, PhD

    Research Postdoctoral Fellow

    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Mary Jane De Souza, PhD, FACSM, FNAK

    Professor of Kinesiology and Physiology, College of Health and Human Development

    The Pennsylvania State University