Relationship between ventilatory function and age in master athletes and a sedentary reference population.

DEGENS, Hans, MADEN-WILKINSON, Tom, IRELAND, Alex, KORHONEN, Marko T, SUOMINEN, Harri, HEINONEN, Ari, RADAK, Zsolt, MCPHEE, Jamie S and RITTWEGER, Jörn (2013). Relationship between ventilatory function and age in master athletes and a sedentary reference population. Age, 35 (3), 1007-1015.

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    Abstract

    Ageing is accompanied with a decline in respiratory function. It is hypothesised that this may be attenuated by high physical activity levels. We performed spirometry in master athletes (71 women; 84 men; 35-86 years) and sedentary people (39 women; 45 men; 24-82 years), and calculated the predicted lung age (PLA). The negative associations of age with forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1; 34 mL·year(-1)) and other ventilatory parameters were similar in controls and master athletes. FEV1pred was 9 % higher (P < 0.005) and PLA 15 % lower (P = 0.013) in athletes than controls. There were no significant differences between endurance and power athletes and sedentary people in maximal inspiratory and expiratory pressure. Neither age-graded performance nor weekly training hours were significantly related to lung age. Life-long exercise does not appear to attenuate the age-related decrease in ventilatory function. The better respiratory function in master athletes than age-matched sedentary people might be due to self-selection and attrition bias.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11357-012-9409-7
    Page Range: 1007-1015
    Depositing User: Tom Maden-Wilkinson
    Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2018 11:43
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 16:31
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17535

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