Wrestling and Aging

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hugefan (105 platinum) 2/22/2019 6:26 AM

I think a lot does depend on how long you have been doing something. I played tennis very regularly for over 20 years on hard courts and my knees are a bit dodgy as a result. I've only been going to the gym for about 4 years and while I'm 50 now I still see improvement without exactly being Arnie. Having said that I have also tried to eat better without cutting out all the treats I like and swapped vaping for smoking. I would definitely say I'm fitter and stronger than I have ever been but that was starting from a fairly low base and I am careful training and wrestling to listen to my body. Luckily in a sense I don't often get the chance to wrestle two or even three times in a week as I once did so my body gets a chance to recover even from a hard match and of course finding guys much lighter and with jobber tendencies does reduce the risks ha ha.


luttefrance (10 platinum) 2/18/2019 8:32 AM

Take glucosamine/chondroitin/fish oil supplements - they provide essential support for aging joints


Jedi (31) 2/19/2019 12:45 AM

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I would hold off on the fish oil. A study that has been replicated demonstrated increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer in men who took fish oil supplements, without showing any concomitant cardiovascular risk reduction.


luttefrance (10 platinum) 2/19/2019 1:25 AM

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Thanks, i hadn't seen that. At least glucosamine and chondroitin still look pretty risk-free!


Rocket (3 platinum) 2/03/2019 2:14 AM

My doctor said it is good for me to explore boxing. Except getting hit in the head and knocked out.. Oh well I am not telling my doctor..
He said that the process of thinking about where the next punch is going and how to protect yourself. Then you need to in a second hit back.
The entire process involves the mind and this is good for you and me.
So I will box with anyone who understands the need to be hit. I can not wait for the moment I jump into the ring.


Ironbull (102) 2/01/2019 12:22 PM

Push yourself. Find a new way to learn new skills. Learning itself builds new neural connections in the brain and that in turn leads to greater physical and mental health both of which go one to feed each other. Everyone ages differently so don't categorise yourself on the basis of a number alone.

Good diet, no smoking, no recreational drugs, management of stress, regular exercise. Excellenceis the stop before impossible so aim for the impossible


Dogfighter5 (116) 1/29/2019 1:31 PM

This is a great discussion and a reality we all will go through. I will be 50 years old myself in three weeks and as I write this all I can smell is the icy hot I just smeared on my shoulders, elbows and knees. I hurt everywhere most of the time and have been like this most of my life. I have been wrestling since I was a kid, weight training 4 or 5 days a week since my twenties and I start BJJ when I was 49 years old. All of that is nothing I was an elite gymnast and attended two junior olympics before I was age 14 the gmnastics has been by far the most brutal to my body and that was over by age 17. FYI most elite gymnast might as well be in wheelchairs by age thirty, MaryLou Retton has had both hips replace at age 40! Almost anyone I know who has been bench pressing since their twenties has blown out rotator cuffs by their 40s. All I can say is try anything and everything and continue with what works for you. Say hello to ibuprofen its your best friend I have bottles all over my house, car, work and gym bags. When something is really bad you have to STOP doing whatever is hurting.....this is a big one and one I often stupidly think I can push through....don't! Stop and take time off. Always remember. " growing old is a privilege that is not shared by all". We are all lucky we are able to participate at any level even when it hurts.


learner71 (53) 1/25/2019 10:37 AM

at first, don't complain : even youg lads may have troubles. Usually because the are over-trained, stressed and don't take care about some warnings (tendonitis, too much repetitions at heavy loads, ...). I've seen that in rowing : the articulations , back, create pain on ex-competitive rowers.
So I would say : take care of yourself by a good, careful warm-up, focused on both cardio and articulations.
Spend more time on streching, and don't make the fight session if you don't "feel it" : it is generally the one which is linked with the injury. Avoid shocks during the general cardio- training to preserve your body (so instead of running, go biking, swimming ou rowing).
And do not forget to drink water ! We always underestimate the losses due to the sweat, and it goes even worse when we are getting older.

Note to the readers : I apoligize in advance for the misuse of the english language...


Sturdy (31) 1/18/2014 2:58 PM

Well I'm 45 and feel great and I intend to keep going until I keel over!


FighterGuyy (152 support) 12/08/2013 9:30 PM

Your forum post made me stop and think about things I am taking for granted. It is a chilling thought, but a fighter must look toward the potentially unpleasant truth instead of flinching away from it.

I had a match the other day with a guy approaching 50. He held his own against me admirably (he was two divisions heavier), but after complained that he was not doing as well as he used to. I could not help thinking, hell, when I'm 50 and can still throw it down with 30s, I will not complain, just thank my lucky star.

As far as tips go, I am not qualified and anyway the question was probably not aimed at me. I just wanted to say, thank you for the post. It is something for me to keep in mind.


osakarob (10 platinum) 12/08/2013 11:43 PM

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Thank you, Sile, for your thoughtful response. I was taken with the phrase you used "a fighter must look toward the potentially unpleasant truth instead of flinching away from it." Flinching is a good word for it.

I'm sure many of us have pushed ourselves too far - resulting in injury.

But your response made me think of another remark I have heard older folks (not only wrestlers but anyone over 40) say. As we age, one of the things we notice the most is the loss of flexibility. It is well documented that people lose about 1 percent of their lean muscle mass per year after age 40. Which is why most of us get flabby as we age.

I've also heard that the water content of tendons (the cord-like tissues that attach muscles to bones) decreases as you age. This change makes the tissues stiffer and less able to tolerate stress.

I don't quite understand the physiology behind what this means, but I certainly have noticed a significant deterioration in my flexibility as I've gotten older. Guess this is why grandma and grandpa used to complain about their "aches and pains". To the best of my knowledge, neither of them were wrestling.



osakarob (10 platinum) 12/08/2013 7:16 PM

I'd like to tap into the wisdom of the MeetFighters community in regards to staying flexible, injury free, and still enjoying wrestling.

I've enjoyed matches since I was in my 20s. I'm now approaching my mid-40s. Back in the day, the testosterone raged through me and a rough submission match was something I looked forward to with great anticipation. After each match, I remember thinking that the bruises and muscle aches were well worth the sacrifice.

But that was many years ago.

Like most of us when we are young, I had no idea that the old body would eventually start to become less resilient. What once may have been a minor injury now has the ability to put me out of commission for months. Thankfully, I know my own limits and I'm careful to only meet up with partners who respect those limits.

So, as I have aged, I've drifted more to "Promission" matches where I'm less likely to suffer enduring injuries. But even working at a computer and sitting at a desk all day takes its toll on the old body. I now need see a massage therapist nearly every month just to keep from getting completely locked up.

Last year, I had tendonitis injury from weightlifting that forced me to stop nearly all training for a year! Not good!

So, I'd like to hear from others who have either come back from significant injuries or who smartly know how to battle their own bodies as they age.

Massage, stretching, lots of cardio, careful diet.....What approaches do YOU take to remain healthy, strong and ready to rumble?


ikf (31 ) 5/21/2015 12:56 PM

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Eat properly and you'll feel like new. Resilience against injuries, strength, power, endurance. It's all in the eating. You are in one of the worst countries in this respect sadly, but medically there is still hope for you. Know that as long as you are not feeling good (while still under 80), as long as your muscles and joints and teeth decay, you are messing up your eating.


thetallwrestler (36 bronze) 12/22/2013 11:18 PM

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I could go on about this for ages having done sports and training for years since an early age. But I will contain myself. Rule 1 is to carefully listen to your body and don't over-train and learn to know when you have an injury coming on or even tightness etc. be proactive with massage, physio (find a tough one not a namby pamby one) chiro/osteo as apt, acupuncture etc. look after your diet. Take days off weights. Drink loads of water. All the basic stuff. I have had sciatica, 2 x golfers elbow, 2 x tennis elbow, seized up back, bad shoulders etc, but I have come back from all of them and I am probably in better shape now than ever.