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Should morbidly obese children (10 yrs +) engage in school

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should morbidly obese children (10 yrs +) engage in school running sports like cross country?
JA: Do you keep personal medical records to help track this?
Customer: no
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: no
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Doctor John MD replied 1 month ago.

Hello and welcome to

This is Dr. John and I will be helping you today.

I am a board-certified sports medicine physician with over 20 years experience.

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Expert:  Doctor John MD replied 1 month ago.

Does the child have any other medical problems?

Expert:  Doctor John MD replied 1 month ago.

If the child has not been in a regular exercise program before, its important for them to have a gradual increase in activity levels before competing in a sport like cross-country.

Obviously, there is a lack of physical conditioning, which can take about 4 weeks of moderate exercise to improve. There is also usually a need for muscles to adapt to running and the "too much-too soon" approach can lead to injuries just as shin splints or iliotibial band syndrome.
Finally, child that are obese tend to be very self-conscious about their condition. The goal of any exercise program for this age group should be to make sure that they are encouraged by the progress that they are making.

I usually recommend to parents to get their children doing 30 minutes brisk walking or a walk-run (1 min run followed by 1 min recovery walk and then repeat) for about 4 to 6 weeks first. This conditioning will help once they start with the cross-country practice.

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