Aging and sports performance

Most people assume that as we get older, physical performance declines. But a growing body of evidence suggests that it's not physiological changes that make us slower, weaker and fatter but a decline in training. One study, published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that in competitive masters athletes, it wasn't until the age of 75 that significant declines in performance were found! One man proving that older needn't mean slower is Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, who I interviewed for Observer Sport Monthly. Find out what he, and a host of experts, have to say about the chances of attaining a new PB once past the first flushes of youth...

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