Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Getting older......

Here is a good one for those of us who are getting older. I'm 40 now - which used to seem old but now doesn't! Anyway this study looked at older cyclists (old? over 35 isn't old!) . It seems that as you age, exercise might make you more sore and give you greater feelings of fatigue.....but your performance might not be affected. You feel worse, but your performances may not similarly decline.

Altered perception and report of fatigue and recovery in veteran athletes.

AIM: This study investigated whether ageing effects perceived and reported ratings of fatigue and total quality of recovery following high-intensity training in athletes. We hypothesized that veteran (V) athletes would report greater changes in perceived measures of fatigue and recovery than training-matched younger athletes.
METHODS: Perceptions of muscle soreness (SOR), fatigue, and recovery were recorded in young (Y) and V (>35 years) well-trained cyclists in response to 3 days of repeated cycling time trials. Nine Y (24+/-5 years) and 9 V (45+/-6 years) cyclists performed 3 consecutive days (T1-T3) of 30-min cycling time trials (TT30) intended to induce fatigue leading to decreased performance. Physiological and performance variables were measured before, during, and after each time trial. Subjective measures of SOR, fatigue, and recovery were recorded each day.
RESULTS: There was no change in performance at the TT30 from T1 to T3 for either group. SOR, fatigue, and recovery significantly changed over the 3 days in the V group, but not in the Y group. The change in SOR from T1 to T3 was significantly greater in the V group than in the Y group (22+/-14 mm vs 9+/-12 mm, respectively; P=0.04).
CONCLUSION: It was concluded that 3 days of cycling time trials induce perceptions of muscle pain/SOR, fatigue and reduced recovery in well-trained V cyclists with no corresponding decline in physical performance.


Rannoch Donald RKC said...

Age is just a number! You should read the following article from Best Life. Whilst we may not all be world class athletes with the luxuries of time and money we can all learn to train and recover using optimal methods. And that is the key. Find protocols that work and deliver the biggest bang and stick to them. Our need for novelty can easily short circuit our efforts.

As for 35 being old? It's not even "older"!

Chris said...

That is a great article Rannoch, inspiring stuff.

I like one of the ideas there - that things that hit your performance as you age are often social and psychological factors rather than physical ones. Also thought the concept of your "peak" being a plateau comprised of physical and non-physical elements - e.g. skill, enthusiasm, etc - was helpfultoo.

Looked like you had fun in the Links last night - I saw the crowd as I was walking home.

Rannoch Donald RKC said...

Last night was fun. But here's the interesting thing. I took a show of hands of those who go to the gym or train beyond their MA class. Alot of hands went up. I then asked who could do 50 press ups. No hands. So we had a go and only 1 person could do it. Now, most of these guys are half my age and still think they are bullet proof, but they failed at the most basic test of strength and muscle endurance. What does their training consist of???

Sorry to bang the drum again but if the fundamentals aren't covered you will be weak.

Anyway, preaching to the converted here!

All the best