Aerobic training protects cardiac function during advancing age: a meta-analysis of four decades of controlled studies
AffiliationUniversity of the West of Scotland
Federation University Australia
University of Bedfordshire
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AbstractIn contrast to younger athletes, there is comparatively less literature examining cardiac structure and function in older athletes. However, a progressive accumulation of studies during the past four decades offers a body of literature worthy of systematic scrutiny. We conducted a systematic review, meta-analysis and meta-regression of controlled echocardiography studies comparing left ventricular (LV) structure and function in aerobically trained older athletes (> 45 years) with age-matched untrained controls, in addition to investigating the influence of chronological age. statistic. , 95% CI 0.05-1.86, p = 0.04). Meta-regression for chronological age identified that athlete-control differences, in the main, are maintained during advancing age. Athletic older men have larger cardiac dimensions and enjoy more favourable cardiac function than healthy, non-athletic counterparts. Notably, the athlete groups maintain these effects during chronological ageing.
CitationBeaumont AJ, Grace FM, Richards JC, Campbell AK, Sculthorpe NF (2019) 'Aerobic training protects cardiac function during advancing age: a meta-analysis of four decades of controlled studies', Sports Medicine, 49 (2), pp.199-219.
PubMed Central IDPMC6513799
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