Title

Distance running and the elementary-age child

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-12-2013

College

Richard W.Riley College of Education

Department

Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance

Abstract

Distance running is often underutilized in elementary physical education due to three common misconceptions about using this activity with young children: (1) it is not enjoyable, (2) it is not safe, and (3) children will get mentally “burned out.” Through reviewing the literature and offering guidelines, practical tips, instant activities, and sample block plans, this article sheds light on how to correctly structure training and provide a safe, enjoyable distance-running experience for elementary-age children.

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