As we age, soft tissues, muscles and tendons get more stiff, brittle and more subject to injury. In addition, aerobic capacity, speed and power all decrease.
But can this injury risk curve flatten out? Do older professionals or masters athletes have a chance of avoiding or slowing down what sports docs call “the diseases of the aging athlete?”
Today, more and more athletes in their 30s, 40s, and even in their 50s and beyond are walking through the doors of our sports medicine practice, looking for advice on how to start a program that they know will help keep them performing at their sport. After all, in order to enjoy your sport and reap the benefits of exercise, an individual needs to be able to perform.