Chronic Exercise Preserves Lean Muscle Mass in Masters Athletes

  title={Chronic Exercise Preserves Lean Muscle Mass in Masters Athletes},
  author={Andrew P. Wroblewski and Francesca Amati and M Autumn Smiley and Bret H. Goodpaster and Vonda J. Wright},
  journal={The Physician and Sportsmedicine},
  pages={172 - 178}
Aging is commonly associated with a loss of muscle mass and strength, resulting in falls, functional decline, and the subjective feeling of weakness. [] Key Method A cross-section of 40 high-level recreational athletes ("masters athletes") who were aged 40 to 81 years and trained 4 to 5 times per week underwent tests of health/activity, body composition, quadriceps peak torque (PT), and magnetic resonance imaging of bilateral quadriceps.
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