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The effect of aging on skeletal-muscle recovery from exercise: possible implications for aging athletes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18268815     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recovery from exercise is integral to the physical training process. There is a perception among older athletes that aging negatively affects the recovery process. Plausible arguments for an impaired recovery with aging are a greater susceptibility of older muscle to exercise-induced skeletal-muscle damage and a slower repair and adaptation response. Differences in the physical activity level of the research participants are rarely considered, however. This makes it difficult to differentiate the respective roles of declining physical activity and aging on the recovery process. Furthermore, the type of exercise used to induce damage and monitor recovery is often not indicative of a normal training stimulus for athletes. This review discusses the effects of aging on skeletal-muscle damage and recovery processes and highlights the limitations of many of these studies with respect to older athletes. Future research should use an exercise intervention representative of a normal training stimulus and take the physical activity level of the participants into account.
James Fell; Dafydd Williams
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of aging and physical activity     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1063-8652     ISO Abbreviation:  J Aging Phys Act     Publication Date:  2008 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-12     Completed Date:  2008-03-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9415639     Medline TA:  J Aging Phys Act     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  97-115     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Human Life Sciences, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Aging / physiology*
Exercise / physiology*
Homeostasis / physiology
Middle Aged
Muscle Fatigue / physiology*
Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
Sports / physiology*

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