The masters athlete is a unique example of an individual who is meeting the challenges of aging by successfully maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. Participation in sports and recreational activities throughout a lifetime takes dedication and commitment to all of facets of health that support such a lifestyle. For the purpose of this commentary, the masters athlete will be defined as those aged 50 years or older, consistent with the requirement for participation in the National Senior Games. Benefits of activity while aging, and the impact of proper nutrition and hydration on healthy functional aging will be discussed.
Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Drs Hoogenboom and Krikke); and YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Ms McDaniel).
Correspondence: Barbara J. Hoogenboom, PT, EdD, SCS, ATC, Grand Valley State University, Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences, 301 Michigan St, NE, Room 266, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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