Older trainees can prove that aging populations need not be diseased populations.
I’m older than 86 percent of the Earth’s population.
I’m an aging academic. I’m an aging parent. I’m an aging worker. I’m an aging trainee. And I am part of one of the largest segments of our population: 33 percent of us are over 50 years of age.
If you look at any textbook within exercise academia, you will generally find aged individuals, older individuals and geriatric populations—basically people like me—listed as a “special population.”
I do not require kid-glove treatment because of my age. I will not break in response to progressive training because of my age. I am not magically disabled simply because of my age. I am not special.
So what do people really mean when they refer to older individuals as a “special population”?
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