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Nutrition for master athletes: is there a need for specific recommendations?

Louis, J, Vercruyssen, F, Dupuy, O and Bernard, T (2019) Nutrition for master athletes: is there a need for specific recommendations? Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 28 (3). pp. 489-498. ISSN 1063-8652

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Master athletes are often considered exemplars of successful aging, thanks to their capacity to maintain a high sports performance during their entire life. A high training capacity, regular participation in sporting competitions, and delayed alterations in body composition and physiological capacities have been listed among the main factors contributing to impressive master athletes’ performances. However, there is a paucity of data on the metabolism and dietary habits of master athletes, and the question of whether they need to adapt their nutrition to the aging process remains open. Herein, the authors presented a contemporary overview of themetabolic challenges associated with aging, including the risk of low energy availability, anabolic resistance, and periods of metabolic crisis due to forced immobilization. After assembling scientific evidence to show that master athletes must adapt their dietary intake, the authors proposed a summary of nutritional recommendations for master athletes and suggested the next stage of research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 2020, 28(3): 489-498 https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2019-0190. © Human Kinetics, Inc.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences
Subjects: T Technology > TX Home economics > TX341 Nutrition. Foods and food supply
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2020 12:03
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 07:40
DOI or ID number: 10.1123/japa.2019-0190
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12524
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