Strengthening calfs help runners maintain performance as they age

The study into changes in running biomechanics in runners aged 20 to 60 found stride length and running speed, two important markers of performance, decreased 15% over the 40 years.

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However the studies found only ankle calf muscles had reduced function, while hip and knee muscles actually remained unchanged.

This could suggest that strength or power training of the calf muscles may be a way to slow reductions in running biomechanics with age.

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