At what point do we draw the compromise regarding exercise intensity and age to maintain skeletal health to its optimum, weight training, running or any other activities contributing as factors?
This is a great question Richard.
As duxx alluded to earlier the level of exercise will be purely individualized. As we all know when we are young, teens through mid-late 20’s our bodies are pretty new with great hormone levels and recovery abilities. As we age muscles and joints stiffen. The degeneration that was started earlier in our careers is now come to the surface. Not many young athletes start off their respect sports thinking how they will feel twenty years later.
As coaches, it’s our responsibility to decrease the number of injuries occured in sport by preparing our athletes to an optimal level. Also teaching our athletes how to be proactive in their approach to injury prevention when they leave us.
How many athletes get hurt in training?
By avoiding the high-flying circus act plyo’s is a good start. Another is, for example, overuse injuries in the weight room that spill over to the athletic field. Big athletes training like little athletes.
As we age, mid 30’s and above, the damage is done. The key here with any sort of training is, don’t make things worse. The degeneration is going to occur, it can’t be avoided. But you can slow it down a little. By age 40 I hope you’ve developed the maturity and knowledge to realize you shouldn’t be performing depth jumps or playing rough touch football with 20 y.o.s. Although I’ve seen many “older folk” on the ski slopes.
To sum up my answer, Richard, use common sense and maturity, hopefully the athlete has developed a proactive, injury prevention approach to his/her training, know your history of injuries and pray you have good genetics.
But, like all former athletes, we think we can still play. And when the pick-up basketball game starts at the family reunion, everybody is 17 again.
Until the achilles ruptures.