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How older athletes keep their heads in the game

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An aging athlete may face more mental challenges than physical ones. And the best predictor of career longevity may be the approach they take to those challenges.

It takes a big adjustment to go from being a superstar to a strategically used player seeing limited action. The athletes who embrace the challenge of aging well and continue to love the competition are in better shape to prolong their careers.

Dr. Michael Joyner, who studies elite athlete physiology at the Mayo Clinic, said, “The people who can focus and not get distracted by the fame and the money associated with being a pro are likely to do the best over time.”

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