Monday, July 1, 2013

Elite Athletes Often Succeed When They Are Younger Or Older - But Not Both

Nick Symmonds winning the men's 800m national ...
Nick Symmonds winning the men's 800m national title. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Elite Athletes Often Succeed When They Are Younger Or Older - But Not Both:
Some elite track and field athletes peak young, under the age of 20, while others peak later - but only a small fraction of star junior athletes had similar success as senior athletes.


An Indiana University analysis compared the performance of elite track and field athletes and conclude that physical maturation is behind the disparity, with athletes who mature early reaping the benefits early, seeing their best times, jumps and throws at a younger age than Olympians, many of whom mature later.


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