Many factors, which are indeed to the detriment of an athlete’s performance, seem to go hand in hand with ageing, but it is not the process of ageing itself which weakens the athletes’ performance. Rather, it is the biological developmental processes of the body that are directly responsible for age-driven performance deterioration, during which the muscles actually become stronger as an athlete ages and this is where the key to prolonging performance lies.
As discovered by some leading sports performance research institutes, it is the build-up of muscle tissue micro-fibers that directly contributes to athletes losing their edge over time, directly impacting key athletic areas such as flexibility and the subsequent restriction of motion. It is as simple as the microfiber accumulation limiting athletes’ ranges of motion, flexibility and this in-turn accounts for the need to guard against over-stretching, as this leads to injury.
Athletes mature in more than one way as they age, which is where the sports saying, of there not being any substitute for experience, comes from. Older athletes and veterans of the game have all the brains for their competitive sporting code but don’t have the body to match, as is often said. In light of that sporting fact, if it were at all possible to renew the body and in that way improve athletes’ physical performance as they age, the older athletes would make for some of the best the various sporting worlds are yet to see.
The urge to make use of banned substances would be curbed, as some older athletes turn to this dark side in an attempt to enhance their performance and prolong their careers. Legal performance enhancers also only go up to a certain point in their effectiveness, since they treat the symptoms of the problem and not the cause. A performance enhancer may alleviate stiffness and aid in muscle recovery, for example, but it still doesn’t reduce the built-up microfibers and doesn’t offer athletes more flexibility. On top of that, as part of the body’s biological developmental process, the body finds ways to overcome any resistance through further strengthening, so the problem is made worse in this way and doesn’t help the cause at all.
Conventional stretching doesn’t help much either, even though it aids the process of preventing injuries by preparing the muscles and tendons for exertion. The built-up microfibers accumulate through a natural process aimed at strengthening, to the detriment of flexibility and subsequently performance, but the process can be reversed through a procedure called Microfiber Reduction.
Combined with stress reduction and tension reduction, microfiber reduction can add a few years of high-level performance in older athletes, prolonging their careers and allowing them to combine the guile of experience with peak physical performance previously only associated with youth.
Fortunately for many athletes who have indeed reached the highest level in their sporting code, sweet deals such as endorsements with game developers can do well to prolong their career, if not wind it down in a way that immortalises them in the game.