Table 1.

Anthropometric data of the subjects

Older adults Young adults
RunnersNon-activeRunnersNon-active
Age (years)64±364±227±429±3
Body mass (kg)76±681±673±578±8
Height (cm)**176±4174±8180±4180±9
Femur length (mm)449±27439±34454±18450±37
Tibia length (mm)*413±14406±25429±13430±20
  • Values are means ± s.d. N=20 (older runners), N=10 (older, non-active subjects), N=9 (younger runners), N=10 (younger, non-active subjects).

    Asterisks indicate statistically significant differences between older and young adults: *P<0.05, **P<0.01; significant differences between runners and non-active individuals (P<0.05).

    There was no age-by-running activity interaction for the analysed parameters (P>0.05).