Children are as Fit as Endurance Athletes

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Researchers reveal that children recover faster to high-intensity exercise than professional athletes, according to a new study published in April 2018.

Researchers reveal that children have fatigue-resistant muscles, as well as are able to recover faster from high-intensity exercise than well-trained adult endurance athletes. The team conducted a study, which included post-exercise recovery rates of young boys, untrained adults, and endurance athletes.

“During many physical tasks, children might tire earlier than adults because they have limited cardiovascular capability, tend to adopt less-efficient movement patterns and need to take more steps to move a given distance. Our research shows children have overcome some of these limitations through the development of fatigue-resistant muscles and the ability to recover very quickly from high-intensity exercise,” said Sébastien Ratel, co-author of the study.

It was well known that children do not tire as quickly as untrained adults during physical tasks, however, this study shows that energy profiles of children could be comparable to endurance athletes.

Children were asked to perform cycling tasks, while untrained adults who were not participants in regular vigorous physical activity were also made to do the same. National-level competitors at triathlons or long-distance runners were also made to do the same. In all tests, the children outperformed the untrained adults.

“We found the children used more of their aerobic metabolism and were therefore less tired during the high-intensity physical activities. They also recovered very quickly — even faster than the well-trained adult endurance athletes — as demonstrated by their faster heart-rate recovery and ability to remove blood lactate.” said Ratel.

This concludes how children have the ability to play for long hours without tiring, even long after adults are tired.

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