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Changes in the Master Runner

🏃‍♂️✨Running is a lifelong companion: Changes in the Master Runner

As we age, several factors combine to result in a decline in running performance. These include a combination of physiological & biomechanical factors.

1️⃣ Physiological changes:

  • Cardiovascular function gradually declines, impacting the delivery of oxygen to working muscles.

2️⃣ Biomechanical changes:

  • Our running mechanics undergo a subtle change over the years. These biomechanical shifts can contribute to changes in running form and pace. 

Whilst we fight against Mother Nature with each passing year, remember: “You don’t stop exercising because you get old, you get old because you stop exercising”, so run on🏃‍♂️

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  • Klein M, Patterson C. Changes in running biomechanics in master runners over age 50: a systematic review. Sports Biomech. Published online June 23, 2023. 

  • Willy RW, Paquette MR. The Physiology and Biomechanics of the Master Runner. Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2019 Mar;27(1):15-21. 

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