30. The Aging Athlete

  1. Ronald J. Maughan PhD
  1. Christine A. Rosenbloom

Published Online: 11 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118692318.ch30

The Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine: An IOC Medical Commission Publication, Volume 19

The Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine: An IOC Medical Commission Publication, Volume 19

How to Cite

Rosenbloom, C. A. (2013) The Aging Athlete, in The Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine: An IOC Medical Commission Publication, Volume 19 (ed R. J. Maughan), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118692318.ch30

Author Information

  1. Department of Nutrition, Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing & Health Professions, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 OCT 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 NOV 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118275764

Online ISBN: 9781118692318

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Keywords:

  • aging athlete;
  • dietary supplements;
  • hydration;
  • nutrition;
  • physiological systems

Summary

This chapter provides an overview of the physiological benefits of sport to the aging individual. It discusses nutrition recommendations for the aging athlete. The chapter highlights special nutrition concerns including hydration, nutrient-medication interactions, and dietary supplements. Research on the physiological benefits of aging or masters athletes is available, but there is very little information on nutritional status, nutrient recommendations, or supplement use in this population. Energy needs usually decline with aging as reflected in a lower basal metabolic rate (BMR) due to decreasing lean muscle mass. Aging athletes could be role models for others in society as a healthy lifestyle to be emulated. It is recommended that masters athletes undergo screening for cardiovascular disease to assess risk and be sure there is no underlying heart disease that could manifest during competition.