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Neurologic Changes With Aging, Physical Activity, and Sport Participation

Leach, Susan Joy PT, PhD, NCS, CEEAA; Ruckert, Elizabeth Audrey PT, DPT, NCS, GCS

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: January/March 2016 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 24–33
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000088
The Aging Athlete
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The purpose of this review is to explore age-related changes within the neurologic system and examine the influence of physical activity and sport participation on those changes. Cognitive measures such as executive function, attentional resources, and information processing are used to study the neurologic system via brain technology and behavioral outcomes within the context of aging, physical activity, and sport participation. Studies suggest that sport participation in cycling, running, swimming, and tennis may have benefits for older adults in reaction time, attention, coordination, and accuracy during daily tasks.

Program in Physical Therapy & Healthcare Sciences, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia (Drs Leach and Ruckert).

Correspondence: Susan Joy Leach, PT, PhD, NCS, CEEAA, Program in Physical Therapy & Healthcare Sciences, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, The George Washington University, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Ste 2000, Washington, DC 20006 (leachs@gwu.edu).

No funding was received to support this manuscript.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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