Does Lifelong Exercise Preserve Muscle Function and Health in Masters Athletes?

The aim of this study is to characterise the extent to which muscle function and muscle health are preserved when individuals have continued to exercise throughout their lifetime.   The individuals we are aiming to recruit for the study are males aged between 60-80 years of age. To take part you must be healthy, non-smoker, non-diabetic, no muscular dystrophy, normal activity (not partaking in structured training).

The study will involve two testing visits to the School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Birmingham, where you will undergo an assessment of body composition (amount of fat and muscle), muscle strength, muscle function and aerobic fitness.You will also be willing to undergo a single muscle biopsy, blood sample and ultrasound analysis of muscle architecture.

In return you will gain an in-depth analysis of how much fat and muscle you have and how dense your bones are, and access to expertise and advice from world-leaders in the field of exercise physiology, nutrition and metabolism.

If you would like to volunteer or want further information, please contact James McKendry at or call 07879332731

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