I am going to provide an overview of how to approach strength training as a masters hockey player. In this context, ‘masters’ hockey player refers to players over the age of 35. I will be looking at the underlying problem associated with age-related declines in strength and muscle mass, how you can offset this, and what a strength training programme should look like for masters hockey players.
Impact of Age on Muscle Strength and Bone Density
The aging process is a natural one, but does bring with it factors such as sarcopenia which is the age-related decline in strength and muscle mass. Some observational studies have demonstrated that after the age of 40-50, around 1% of muscle mass is lost per year.
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