Problems and dangers | Childhood endurance sports

Problems and dangers

In addition to the above-mentioned benefits of endurance training in childhood, there are a number of problems and risks associated with running a training program. In general, children in particular have a high willingness to perform and an urge to move for sporting achievements. However, this urge decreases increasingly from the age of 12.

13- 15. Young people sometimes no longer want to take part in any form of sporting activity. However, it is precisely at this age that young people react particularly favourably to endurance stimuli.

The task of child-oriented sport is therefore to teach children and young people about sport and endurance sports in such a way that they are motivated to engage in sports in the long term. In the practical implementation of physical education, however, the reality is usually that primarily higher-performing pupils who also take part in extracurricular sports are particularly encouraged. For long-term success in sports suitable for children, planning of the lessons is particularly important.

Often pupils in sports lessons have to complete a 1000m run or Cooper test without preparation. Weaker students are thus repeatedly confirmed in their poor performance in heterogeneous classes. It is therefore the task of the educator to pay special attention to weaker students.

Since children rarely enjoy monotonous cycling, swimming, running etc., it is important to use endurance training in a game sport. In the case of pure endurance loads, it is important to ensure that training takes place in a group together or in relay competitions. However, a performance comparison in the form of competitions should only take place from the age of 9. Football, handball, basketball and hockey are particularly suitable sports.