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

The importance of maintaining strength and power

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Training for master athletes: plyometrics, explosive and maximal strength training You can’t reverse the arrow of time, but according to John Shepherd, the good news for master athletes is that a combined weights and plyometric (mixed) training programme can help offset much of the age-related decline in speed and power capability. Master athletes are atypical... MORE

Ageing athletes and the power of psychology

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How to develop a mental edge as you age Article at a glance This article: encourages reflection on beliefs about ageing as these could have a more powerful effect than physical changes suggests that psychological skills are useful tools and older athletes tend to use these efficiently and effectively show that skills develop through practice... MORE

Ageing and performance

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Muscle power and strength Between the ages of 65 and 90, muscle power is lost more rapidly than strength – 3.5% per year for the former compared with about 1.8% for the latter. Also, concentric force development is lost more rapidly than the eccentric variety. In both sexes there is little fall-off in strength until about the mid-40s,... MORE

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