Aging athletes becoming norm in pro sports

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Aging athletes becoming norm in pro sports

Image courtesy of Indianapolis Colts

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Mitch Hoy, West Hills Editor

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Aging athletes in professional sports is becoming a trend in an era where the average pro athlete is barely old enough to rent a car.

Today, there are more outliers than ever, proving that athletes are increasingly capable to stay in “the league” much longer than expected. Tom Brady, Ichiro, and Adam Vinatieri are a few examples.

Hall of Famers, however, are not the only athletes capable of sticking around. Fernando Rodney and Peter Moylan, two former relief pitchers in the MLB, were able to reach their forties with average to above average statistics on the mound.

There are many reasons why this phenomenon may be occuring, ranging from genetics to advanced technologies in training.

While the effects of genetics on athletes’ potential to stay in “the show” is debated, technology has had an obvious hand in today’s athletes playing into their thirties and forties.

Coaches and players now have the abilities to better manage fatigue and recovery, abilities that could be only dreamed of in yesterday’s generation of pro athletes.

Pro sports should certainly expect to see more aging athletes as technology not only advances, but also the understanding of genetics in sports.

It is anticipated that the further development of genetic technology will add yet another dimension to aging athletes in professional sports.