Tom Brady. Serena Williams. Michael Phelps. Shalane Flanagan. LeBron James. Carli Lloyd. Roger Federer. Everywhere you look, athletes well past so-called peak age are not just staying competitive but dominating. It’s a new era for older athletes.
Journalist Jeff Bercovici spent extensive time with professional and Olympic athletes, coaches, and doctors to find the answers to these questions. His quest led him to training camps, tournaments, hospitals, anti-aging clinics, and Silicon Valley startups, where he tried cutting-edge treatments and technologies first-hand and investigated the efficacy of health fads like alkaline diets, high-intensity interval training, and cryotherapy. Through fascinating profiles and first-person anecdotes, Bercovici illuminates the science and strategies extending the careers of elite athletes, uncovers the latest advances in fields from nutrition to brain science to stem cell therapy, and offers empowering insights about how the rest of us can find peak performance at any age.