Running style: why older runners need protection

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How should your age affect your running style? Older runners are biomechanically different in their running style from younger ones and in need of increased protection from injury, according to an important new study from The Netherlands. The researchers compared lower limb kinematics and ground reaction forces in 16 older (aged 55-65) and 13 younger... MORE

Power versus endurance: What goes first in the ageing...

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A fascinating US study based on world record statistics has made it clear that ageing diminishes muscle power considerably sooner and more dramatically than endurance in both men and women. The researchers compared age-related changes in athletic performance, as reflected in world records for stationary rowing and power-lifting, to test the theory that ageing affects... MORE

Master athletes: how to maintain endurance fitness as the...

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A University of Florida study completed a number of years ago supported those traditional ideas about ageing. The Florida research, which followed regional and national champion track athletes over a 20 year period as they matured from 50 to 70 years of age, showed that maximal aerobic capacity(V02max) dipped by 10 per cent between the... MORE

Veteran athletes – degenerative joints

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The best foods and supplements to protect your joints from age-related degeneration There’s good and bad news for veteran athletes. The good news is that, if training intensity can be maintained, age-related performance decrements are actually quite minimal; the bad news is that recovery from hard training sessions takes longer, while the cumulative effects of... MORE

Personal experience: longevity

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“I am now running, at 59, the sort of times I was running as a 19-year-old National Serviceman” I can remember the time when a boxer was considered old at 28, over the top at 30. The prejudices against grown men taking sport seriously take a long time to disappear. In America sport stops when... MORE

Age related training

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To limit the effects of time,you must choose the right workouts While a canny nutritional programme, plenty of rest, and adequate recovery between workouts are all important for preserving fitness as you get older, certain key workouts are also necessary to keep you as fit as possible. For example, if you have yet to reach... MORE

Nutrition for veterans

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As you get older, there will be some changes in how your body processes nutrients, and your need for particular nutrients may alter Of particular relevance to the veteran athlete are: possible diminishing calorie requirements; the need to ensure an adequate intake of calcium and iron; and finally, an age-related change in the thirst response,... MORE

Veteran runners and foot speed

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Improve your foot speed Lyle Swanson of Norwich writes, “When you give training tips for improving speed and endurance, you should also consider the older runner. For instance, I’m 56 years old, and my running pace for a 10K is 10 minutes per mile. When I run a half-marathon, I can manage just 10:30 per... MORE

Speed training for veterans: how to combat the decline...

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Speed development for master athletes With more and more people joining the masters sports world, John Shepherd takes a look at why we slow down with ageOf all physiological variables, speed is lost the most quickly. However, master sprinters achieve phenomenal performance (see tables 1 and 2 below). So what can be done to match... MORE

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