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How elite athletes are staying on top for longer than ever before

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Statistics show that younger athletes generally hold an edge in most codes, but thanks to various advances in sports science in recent years, the older folks are now able to extend their prime years far beyond what was previously thought possible.


15 Mar 2020
PREMIUM!
How elite athletes are staying on top for longer than ever before

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal during the Match in Africa between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at Cape Town Stadium on February 07, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images)

Despite facing the inevitable niggles caused by regular exercise, which are invariably amplified with age, elite athletes across the world have found ways to extend the lengths of their top-flight careers. Statistics show that younger athletes generally hold an edge in most codes, particularly in sports that rely on explosive power. However, thanks to various advances in sports science in recent years, older individuals have managed to narrow the gap. “Physiotherapists, biokineticists and doctors have become better over time, and technology has helped athletes identify problem areas sooner,” says sports scientist Sean van Staden. In a report produced by Sian...

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