With the right training and nutrition techniques, older athletes can perform exceptionally well – sometimes better than in their younger years! In this section, you’ll find information on the particular needs of older athletes, and how to maximise performance by practically applying the latest science.

VO2 max: can veteran athletes prevent a decline in...

in Masters

Owen Anderson asks whether veteran endurance athletes can maintain high levels of aerobic fitness Reaching the age of 40 is a minor milestone for many people, but it has a special significance for endurance athletes; from this point, maximal aerobic capacity (VO2max) begins a steady decline, dropping by as much as 10% per decade. This... MORE

Sprint training: getting older, staying fast!

in High intensity training, Masters

As John Shepherd explains, the bad news is that speed declines with age; the good news is that you can arrest, even reverse, this degenerative process Of all the physiological variables, speed seems to get written off most quickly as we age. Football pundits make jokes about outfield players being ‘a few yards slower’ and... MORE

Running style: why older runners need protection

in Masters

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

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