Nutrition for Master Athletes: Is There a Need for Specific Recommendations?

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Master athletes are often considered exemplars of successful aging, thanks to their capacity to maintain a high sports performance during their entire life. A high training capacity, regular participation in sporting competitions, and delayed alterations in body composition and physiological capacities have been listed among the main factors contributing to impressive master athletes’ performances. However, there is a paucity of data on the metabolism and dietary habits of master athletes, and the question of whether they need to adapt their nutrition to the aging process remains open. Herein, the authors presented a contemporary overview of the metabolic challenges associated with aging, including the risk of low energy availability, anabolic resistance, and periods of metabolic crisis due to forced immobilization. After assembling scientific evidence to show that master athletes must adapt their dietary intake, the authors proposed a summary of nutritional recommendations for master athletes and suggested the next stage of research.

Louis is with the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES), Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom. Vercruyssen is with the “Impact of Physical Activity on Health” (IAPS n°201723207F) research unit, University of Toulon, Toulon, France. Dupuy is with Laboratoire Mobilité Vieillissement Exercice (MOVE)- EA6314, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Poitiers, Poitiers, France. Bernard is with Laboratoire Motricité Humaine, Expertise, Sport, Santé (LAMHESS), Université Cote d'Azur, Nice, France.

Louis (J.B.Louis@ljmu.ac.uk) is corresponding author.
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