28 Feb '14, 2pm

Is it safe for teens to train for a marathon? Our SPORTS DOC responds:

When I ask people if children and adolescents should run marathons, the reflex answer is “no”! But very few bat an eye at the same kids playing football, ice hockey, or other contact sports with a fairly high risk of injury and the potential for catastrophic injuries and concussions. I personally do not feel that there is any “undo” risk for kids in the marathon as long as the training is approached in a rational manner and the drive to do the training comes from the child (and not the parent). That is not to say that a parent cannot be supportive and helpful, but a parent should not be the driving force behind the effort.

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/health/is-it-safe-for-teens-t...

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