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Why are some athletes able to compete into their 40s?

Training, motivation, and luck are key to a long athletic career.
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Between the ages of 30 and 40, players typically start to experience greater injury susceptibility and slower recovery times. What's special about the ones that haven't been sidelined yet?


Professional athletes must keep themselves in peak physical condition to perform their jobs. But like the rest of us, as they age these top performers’ stamina tends to decline, and most retire before the age of 40. However, an elite few are pushing the limits—and expectations—of what aging bodies can do, and are leading some people to ask, could 40 be the new 20?

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