Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

No Old Fool: 88 Years Old and Still Running. (Special Populations)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

No Old Fool: 88 Years Old and Still Running. (Special Populations)

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Within the sport, physical activity and aging literature, a significant amount of interest has been directed towards the importance of physical activity and sport involvement for the senior aged. Moreover, a significant amount of attention has been given to the sequential effects of historical events on people's life course. However, few studies have specifically explored the experience and meaning of sport involvement for seniors. Therefore, the purpose of this study was extend the understanding of senior aged sport participants by conducting a case study of Max Springer, an 88-year-old male, Caucasian Master runner. Consistent with Langley and Knight (1999), we assumed that continuity in sport would represent a primary adaptive strategy for coping with the aging process. Max was purposefully selected for this case study due to his unique running career, mainly his entrance into running at an advanced age (at the age of 64 years), adherence to sport involvement, and significant "success" as a senior aged run ner. Two semistructured interviews, focusing on Max's history of sport involvement, entrance into running, and experience and perception of being senior aged, were conducted. Several other individuals were also interviewed to serve as additional lens through which to understand Max's story. …

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