New Study Says Children Have Even More Energy Than Professional Athletes

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 - 10:32AM
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 - 10:32AM
New Study Says Children Have Even More Energy Than Professional Athletes
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To all that parents of small children out there, we would like to apologize for not getting you this information sooner. If you've tried to keep up with a kid recently, you know just how Energizer Bunny-like they can be, but now there is science to make you feel a little better about your struggle. 

In a recent study, scientists researching exercise have discovered that the energy levels in children between the ages of 9 and 11 were higher than that of adult men who were trained to compete in triathlons, as well as long-distance runners and cyclists, activities that require crazy endurance.


Conducted by Sebastien Ratel, an Associate Professor in Exercise Physiology at the Université Clermont Auvergne, France, the study involved 12 kids, 11 untrained adults, and 13 male athletes performing resistance sprints.


Between each of the two sprint, the participants were given one minute of recovery while their aerobic energy output was measured.


During the second leg of the test, participants were asked to cycle for as fast as they could for 30 seconds (the Wingate Cycle Test). Measurements were taken after to see how quickly their bodies recovered.

"We found the children used more of their aerobic metabolism and were, therefore, less tired during the high-intensity physical activities," said Ratel.


The data showed that on average, the power output by during the cycle test decreased by 51.4 percent for untrained adults, 41.8 for the athletes, and only 35.2 percent for the kids. 


"They also recovered very quickly," Ratel added, "even faster than the well-trained adult endurance athletes—as demonstrated by their faster heart-rate recovery and ability to remove blood lactate...This may explain why children seem to have the ability to play and play and play, long after adults have become tired."

Muscles that are resistant to fatigue and the ability to bounce back quicker? Someone find us that Zoltar fortune machine from Big so we can have another round at youth.

Science News