Gender difference of aging performance decay rate in normalized Masters World Records of Athletics: much less than expected

  • Paolo Gava AandC M-C Foundation for Translational Myology, Padova, Italy.
  • Walter Giuriati Interdepartmental Research Center of Myology, Department of Biomedical Science, University of Padova, Italy.
  • Barbara Ravara | barbara.ravara@unipd.it AandC M-C Foundation for Translational Myology, Padova; Interdepartmental Research Center of Myology, Department of Biomedical Science, University of Padova; Department of Neuroscience, Institute of Human Anatomy, University of Padova, Italy. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0159-3245

Abstract

Aging behaviours differ in females and males. Females are weaker but survive longer. We report gender decay of skeletal muscle performance by comparing World Records of Master athletes. Master athletes compete in age groups of 5 years till 100 years. The Master World Records are lists of 16 data that, after normalization, show trends of aging decline of muscle performance indicating only minimal gender differences in the process. All trend-lines tend to zero at about 110 years. Since hormons poorly influence aging performance decay, other fundamental bioregulators, e.g., those of cell energy metabolism, seems to be relevant.

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2020-04-01
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Focus on 30 Years of Translational Mobility Medicine - Communications
Keywords:
Aging performance decay, Masters World Records, gender differences
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Gava, P., Giuriati, W., & Ravara, B. (2020). Gender difference of aging performance decay rate in normalized Masters World Records of Athletics: much less than expected. European Journal of Translational Myology, 30(1), 103-106. https://doi.org/10.4081/ejtm.2019.8869