Checklist for Strong Bones
Children and Teens: Building Strong Bones for Life
During childhood and the teen years, bone is being built faster than at any other time in life. Bones reach peak bone mass (their maximum strength or density) between the ages of 16 and 25. Children and teens with dense, strong bones are less likely to have stress fractures. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in bones that can interfere with daily activities and sideline athletes. When you reach a higher peak bone mass, it will also decrease the risk of getting osteoporosis later in life (a disease that causes bones to get thin, weak, and more likely to break).