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  1. #1 At what age is physical performance at its peak? 
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    At what age is physical performance at its peak?

    Strange question.
    When we were kids, the older we got, the stronger we became.
    For adults, the adult we got, the weaker we became.
    Where's the turning point?


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    i supposeits how fit you are,

    if i were to hazard a guess mid 50's


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    Mid 50's, that's way too old. I'm thinking more in the late 20's.
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    I remember when I first did the Cooper test, I was told that the better results should be achieved at age 17-19...
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodgod3rd
    if i were to hazard a guess mid 50's
    If only. It depends on how you are defining fitness. Marathon runners used to peak in their thirties. Sprinters in their mid-twenties. You can find exceptions to everything.
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    i suppose, i never did reach 50, so i was just going by my own experiances, lol
    sorry ,i see how uninformed my guess was
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    Like Ophiolite says all depends on how you define physical performance. If we look hard duration sports like cycling and long distance running athletes peak in their early 30. The late twenties are also often the best years in physical performances.
    Do not know any examples of pure physical performances in which the man over 40 is better placed. I said pure physical performances.
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    Most athletes are in their late teens or their 20s.
    So when's the turning point and what happens biologically?
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    Im guessing
    for overall speed 20
    for overall strength 30
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    You forgot endurance.

    There will also be differences between the sexes and, I suspect, between cultures, specifically those aspects related to life style, though I do not know if this has been researched.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorex
    At what age is physical performance at its peak?

    Strange question.
    When we were kids, the older we got, the stronger we became.
    For adults, the adult we got, the weaker we became.
    Where's the turning point?
    Depends on what physical performance your talking about, the answer to this though is to look at athletes and the age they need to be to compete effectively. It varies depending on the sport.
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    Indeed. In an extreme case, female gymnasts peak around 14-16 yrs old, before puberty changes their body mass distribution.

    For the case of curling, or darts, or bowling, or billiards, or juggling, or shuffleboard, or golf some athletes can be quite competitive even into their sixties.

    It all depends on the sport involved, since different sports have different demands and emphasis on types of performance.
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    i say it depends on your DNA, but for fit people i know, from experience, it is mid-50's
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    athletic performance would be before 30, i would say 25-29

    in terms of overall ability at sports, most soccer players in the UK have their best overall performanace at the end of their career, 30 to 34.

    def not mid 50s, lol
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    it depends on what you need to do...

    For example, gymnasts in their late teens...
    Tennis players in their 30s
    Cricketers in their 20s...
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    bodybuilders can reach their peak at 30-40...many still compete at 50+...not all take steroids contrary to popular belief...
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    Female gymnasts peak at pre-16.

    edit:

    was said already.

    I also tried to make the point; depends on what you are looking at.
    Sucking peaks at infant stage.
    Chess peaks at a very wide distribution regarding age.
    Mathematicians tend to peak before 30.
    Biologist not so much.
    Boys peak in disruptiveness at the teens and adolescent phase.

    So whatever the criteria is the age of peaking is different.
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    Yeah, sports is narrow, and kinda irrelevent to real world performance. I see mind-boggling physical performance in some middle-aged supermarket checkout clerks.

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