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1.23.2011

Still Fast But A Lot Slower

Still Fast But A Lot Slower

If you look at men or women from the ages of 18-80 and examine the shortening velocity of their musculature you may be tremendously surprised to find that age has no effect on how quickly a muscle can change its length or V max.

With aging there is a decrease in maximal force and power due to the loss of muscle mass and not to the unloaded shortening velocity.

A loss of force and power makes it difficult in the ageing process to perform multi-joint movements, which eventually lead to a loss of mobility.

In future blogs we will explore what happens to muscle as a result of training and discuss the implications of a muscle’s ability to shorten at a fast rate which is unaffected over decades. The current information may change many coaches’ and athletes’ view of  strength training.

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 Woman squattingPhoto Courtesy of Kathy Leistner

 

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