What is endurance?

Endurance describes how long a child can keep going with an activity before they become tired and need a break. Many different physical and health conditions can reduce a child’s level of endurance. For example, a child with a chronic health condition like asthma or heart disease, may tire easily. As would a child with a physical disability like cerebral palsy. Some medications can also make kids feel tired quickly.

What might be some challenges on the footy field?

Kids with reduced endurance will tire or run out of breath more quickly than other kids. It may look like they are lazy or unfit, when actually they are physically working harder than most other kids.

It’s important to note that kids with chronic health conditions (e.g. asthma) and physical disability (e.g. motor and coordination challenges) work harder on the footy field to do physical activities.

Quick tips

  • Be aware and recognise the signs of fatigue: Signs that kids need a break include them slowing down, looking tired, having difficulty catching their breath, or showing signs of frustration.
  • Shorten activities: Shortening activities can help limit fatigue. The length of an activity may need to be tailored to the individual child.
  • Give frequent breaks: Giving frequent, short breaks gives children time to recover. Multiple short breaks can be more helpful than less frequent longer breaks.

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