A case study of an 87-year-old male bodybuilder with complex health conditions

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Hackett, Daniel A., Mitchell, Lachlan, Wilson, Guy C., Valenzuela, Trinidad, Hollings, Matthew and Fiatarone Singh, Maria. (2021). A case study of an 87-year-old male bodybuilder with complex health conditions. Medicina. 57(7), p. Article 664. https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina57070664
AuthorsHackett, Daniel A., Mitchell, Lachlan, Wilson, Guy C., Valenzuela, Trinidad, Hollings, Matthew and Fiatarone Singh, Maria
Abstract

This exploratory clinical case report presents an 87-year-old man who began bodybuilding at the age of 76 years and was officially recognised as the world’s oldest competitive bodybuilder, competing until age 83. He has a background of complex health conditions including polio, strokes, cardiac arrest, atrial fibrillation, prostate disease, osteoarthritis, depression, bowel obstruction, reflux, and bladder cancer. Assessments of body composition, bone density, muscle performance, and diet-related practices were performed. The bodybuilder had superior fat-free mass, lower fat mass, and generally greater muscle performance compared to untrained healthy males of a similar age. Commencement of bodybuilding in older age appears to be possible, even with ongoing complex health conditions, and the potential benefits of this practice require systematic investigation in the future.

Keywordsbodybuilding; body composition; aging; resistance training; muscle strength
Year2021
JournalMedicina
Journal citation57 (7), p. Article 664
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI AG)
ISSN1010-660X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina57070664
PubMed ID34203123
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85109402429
PubMed Central IDPMC8306742
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Accepted25 Jun 2021
Deposited23 Mar 2022
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