Ageing and recovery after resistance exercise-induced muscle damage: Current evidence and implications for future research

John Fernandes, Kevin L. Lamb, Jonathan P. Norris, Jason Moran, Ben Drury, Nattai R. Borges, Craig Twist

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Abstract

Ageing is anecdotally associated with a prolonged recovery from resistance training, though current literature remains equivocal. This brief review considers the effects of resistance training on indirect markers of muscle damage and recovery (i.e. muscle soreness, blood markers and muscle strength) in older males. With no date restrictions, four databases were searched for articles relating to ageing, muscle damage and recovery. Data from 11 studies was extracted for review. Of these four reported worse symptoms in older compared to younger populations, while two have observed the opposite, and the remaining studies (n = 6) proposing no differences between age groups. It appears that resistance training can be practiced in older populations without concern for impaired recovery. To improve current knowledge, researchers are urged to utilise more ecologically valid muscle damaging bouts and investigate the mechanisms which underpin the recovery of muscle soreness and strength after exercise in older populations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 21 Aug 2020

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