Monday, October 13, 2014

How Far Is Too Far For Kids to Run?

by Ian McMahan

 But as the rate of childhood obesity continues to rise and the general aerobic fitness of children and adolescents continues to fall, another trend has emerged: Many of the children that still play sports often do so in excess.  While a great deal of attention has been devoted to the demanding year-round format of competitive youth baseball and soccer,  an increasing number of young athletes are also training for and competing in long-distance endurance events.  These young athletes are doing more than kids’ “fun runs” and 5K’s—they’re running marathons and Olympic-distance triathlons. Notably, the Students Run Los Angeles marathon-training program had more than 16,000 young marathon finishers between 1987 and 2005.

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