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12/02/2008

Question:

hello, i am intrested to know how a person`s age is affected in sports?, as i am doing a natinal diploma in sports science it would be intresting to know. thanks

Answer:

Aging changes do affect older adult sports capabilities. One in 10 men and 1 in 3 women loose bone density due to aging that may cause them to be more prone to fractures, sprains, and pain. Two out of 3 older adults do experience back trouble that causes pain and discomfort during activity, not just in sports. It just gets worse with aging as the risks for injury increases.
 
However, older runners are usually physically better off than the average person but need careful warmup and balance exercises as balance can be affected by aging. No reason for older people to avoid physical activity. Most injuries can be prevented or treated. Older people need to be active but not excessive in sports.

They can enjoy a variety of sports such as swimming, bicycling, golf, running, basketball, baseball, racquet ball, tennis and even climbing if it's not too high of an altitude. Some may be capable of playing these sports but football and other contact sports may be more risky as people age.

Many older people may experience rotator cuff, cervical neck, back, knee and hip problems from regular sports activity. Just need to adjust to the changes and tune into the differences so that injury can be reduced or avoided.

This information is general and does not apply to all older people. Really depends on the physical condition of the individual. Have any older adult consult his or her primary provider (physician, nurse practitioner, Physician Assistant) prior to undertaking sports or other physical activities.

You can find additional information on online or in professional literature such as medline, emedicine, etc.

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Response by:

Evelyn L Fitzwater, DSN, RN Evelyn L Fitzwater, DSN, RN
Associate Professor Emerita
Associate Director of the
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati