Clinical considerations for the ageing athlete

Brun, Shane (2016) Clinical considerations for the ageing athlete. Australian Family Physician, 45 (7). pp. 478-483.

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Background: Many older people are participating in high-intensity activities and sports. Clinicians need to be aware of the physiology of ageing relative to the demands of higher intensity sport. Patient expectations, comorbidities and medication use are important aspects to consider when advising the ageing athlete appropriately.

Objective: This article highlights the important aspects of maintaining a physically active lifestyle. For the ageing athlete, there are differing needs as well as risks associated with higher intensity physical activity. This article will outline how to cater for these needs and minimise the potential risks.

Discussion: Appreciating the importance of physical activity as a major public health intervention is essential for all clinicians. Ensuring that the ageing athlete is able to participate safely and optimally in higher intensity physical activity is an increasing expectation.

Item ID: 49353
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2017 22:51
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology @ 60%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420301 Aged health care @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 80%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control @ 20%
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