Physiologic Responses to Exercise of the Healthy Child

  • Oded Bar-Or
Part of the Comprehensive Manuals in Pediatrics book series (CM PEDIATRICS)


In order to understand the sick child’s response to exercise, one must first be familiar with the “normal” physiologic response to exercise. Whether adapting to a single bout of exercise, or to repeated exercise stimuli, the child—like the adult—undergoes physiologic changes. The basic premise of this chapter is that, although such changes take place at all ages, there are growth- or development-related differences in response to exertion. We do not expect a 6-year-old child to run as fast or as far as a teenager who, in turn, is slower and weaker than a young adult. Nor can a child share the same muscle strength as the more mature individual. On the other hand, children recover faster from the strain of exercise and are ready for another bout sooner than do adolescents and adults.


Maximal Voluntary Contraction Maximal Heart Rate Anaerobic Threshold Acute Exercise Muscle Blood Flow 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oded Bar-Or
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsChildren’s Therapeutic Exercise and Health CentreCanada
  2. 2.McMaster UniversityChedoke-McMaster HospitalsHamiltonCanada

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