June 17th, 2021

Episode #97

Older Athletes Thriving

On this episode of Living Beyond 120, Dr. Gladden and Dr. Young talk to Dr. David Ferguson about longevity, training, and how the older athlete can still thrive.

 Today’s show rundown: 

 Dr. Gladden is in Puerto Rico again having a great time

As an avid racer, Mark is experiencing some increased physical pain as his lap times get better

Dr. Gladden explains that racing is a fairly violent sport

Mark introduces Dr. Ferguson and talks a bit about his background

Who is engineering the “squishy part” INSIDe the car?

The guys talk F1 drivers / racers

Can we become great athletes in our 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s?

Time is required to develop cognitive ability

Dr. Ferguson gives a history of how he got to where he is

What does G-Force do to your body

Mark explains about having a conversation with himself WHILE he is on the track

Will we start to see older athletes compete with younger ones more frequently

Special Guest

Dr. David Ferguson

Dr. David Ferguson is an exercise physiologist specializing in motorsport. With over 15 years of experience in professional auto racing, Dr. Ferguson’s forte is supporting racing drivers by helping them improve their performance while staying safe. He began his journey by earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Following this, he earned a Masters of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During this time he began working with NASCAR pit crews to improve their health and performance. He went on to earn a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Texas A&M University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nutrition and Cardiovascular Physiology at Baylor College of Medicine. His education and professional experience has led to him becoming the foremost expert on driver science. He has published the most scientific papers on driver science and written a book on the topic. His expertise supported drivers in the winning of 3 NASCAR Cup Championships, an IMSA Sports Car Championship and 2 Formula 1 World Championships. He has also helped drivers win notable races such as the Daytona 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona, and the Baja 1000.