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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2004 December;44(4):417-23

Copyright © 2009 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Association of habitual long-distance running with the thickness of skeletal muscles and subcutaneous fat in the body extremities and trunk in middle-aged men

Oguri K. 1, Zhao L. 1, Du N. 1, Kato Y. 1, Miyamoto K. 2, Hayakawa M. 1, Kurokawa J. 1, Nagasaki S. 1, Matsuoka T. 1

1 Department of Sports Medicine and Sports Science Gifu University School of Medicine, Gifu, Japan 2 Department of Orthopedic Surgery Gifu University School of Medicine, Gifu, Japan


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Aim. We investigated the association of habitual long-distance running with the thickness of skeletal muscles and subcutaneous fat in the body extremities and trunk in middle-aged men using ultrasonography.
Methods. Three groups of healthy middle-aged men [mean (SD), 62.1 (2.8) years] took part in this investigation: a high-level group of 11 master runners who had competed in a 42.195 km race and run 51.6 (21.7) km every week, an intermediary-level group of 10 master runners who had competed in a 5-20 km race and run 9.3 (4.9) km every week, and a low-level group of 7 untrained men who continued to do no systematic training. The muscle thickness at 8 sites and the subcutaneous fat thickness at 10 sites were measured by B-mode ultrasonography, and were compared among the 3 groups.
Results. The high-level group had 10.0-15.2% higher values for muscle thickness at the erector spinae, hamstrings, tibialis anterior, and triceps surae, compared with the intermediary-level and the low-level groups (p<0.05-0.001). The thickness of the subcutaneous fat about the rectus abdominis and external oblique was lower in the high-level group than in the intermediary-level and the low-level groups (p<0.05).
Conclusion. Middle-aged male master athletes who habitually run at a high level have more muscle thickness in the lower extremities and trunk, and less subcutaneous fat thickness in the central regions of the body than do middle-aged men who habitually run at an intermediary level or do not run at all.

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