Hit the Big Six-Oh? Lace Up!

Hit the Big Six-Oh? Lace Up!

After Fauja Singh had completed the marathon at the age of 100, the notion of the dependence of running performance from the age was entirely dispelled. The fact itself has sparked the researchers’ interest in the effects of running on the seniors. The results have gone far beyond the expected. For instance, the older runners are less likely to suffer calf injuries rather than the younger individuals. At the same time, the younger tend to have less hamstring injuries, compared to the older sports enthusiasts.
 

 
Why is that happening? As we grow older, the muscles around the ankle tend to weaken faster rather than the other muscles. As a result, the older runners have smaller downward movements of the foot, making a shift from the ankle to the hip. Such a reliance on hips and knees leads to the maintaining calves and the greater impact on the hamstrings.
Plus, running at the older age may maintain the healthy movement patterns and, consequently, prevent injuries.
The revolutionary results of the research have triggered the further investigations in this respect. For instance, the investigation on the differences between the male and female running mechanics of the seniors is on the way. On top of that, the scientists intend to research if there are other types of exercises that may lead to the same results.

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