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Limits in endurance performance of octogenarian athletes

Journal Article


Abstract


  • to the editor: A recent study of Trappe et al. (3) showed that the aerobic power of octogenarian lifelong endurance athletes was approximately double that of untrained octogenarians (38 vs. 21 ml·kg−1·min−1). These remarkable aerobic capacities are the highest ever recorded in this age group. However, the impact of the identified physiological capacities on actual endurance performances has not been addressed, as no running performance indicators of the octogenarian athletes were provided in this study. We hereby suggest that, although trained octogenarian athletes can achieve levels of aerobic fitness well above their untrained counterpart, as a group they actually have not yet reached their limits of endurance performance.

Authors


  •   Lepers, Romuald (external author)
  •   Stapley, Paul J.
  •   Cattagni, Thomas (external author)
  •   Gremeaux, Vincent (external author)
  •   Knechtle, Beat (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Lepers, R., Stapley, P. J., Cattagni, T., Gremeaux, V. & Knechtle, B. (2013). Limits in endurance performance of octogenarian athletes. Journal of Applied Physiology, 114 (6), 829-829.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84878599512

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/934

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 0

Start Page


  • 829

End Page


  • 829

Volume


  • 114

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • to the editor: A recent study of Trappe et al. (3) showed that the aerobic power of octogenarian lifelong endurance athletes was approximately double that of untrained octogenarians (38 vs. 21 ml·kg−1·min−1). These remarkable aerobic capacities are the highest ever recorded in this age group. However, the impact of the identified physiological capacities on actual endurance performances has not been addressed, as no running performance indicators of the octogenarian athletes were provided in this study. We hereby suggest that, although trained octogenarian athletes can achieve levels of aerobic fitness well above their untrained counterpart, as a group they actually have not yet reached their limits of endurance performance.

Authors


  •   Lepers, Romuald (external author)
  •   Stapley, Paul J.
  •   Cattagni, Thomas (external author)
  •   Gremeaux, Vincent (external author)
  •   Knechtle, Beat (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Lepers, R., Stapley, P. J., Cattagni, T., Gremeaux, V. & Knechtle, B. (2013). Limits in endurance performance of octogenarian athletes. Journal of Applied Physiology, 114 (6), 829-829.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84878599512

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/934

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 0

Start Page


  • 829

End Page


  • 829

Volume


  • 114

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • United States