What is endurance?

Endurance describes how long a child can keep going with an activity before they become tired and need a break. Many different physical and health conditions can reduce a child’s level of endurance. For example, a child with a chronic health condition like asthma or heart disease, may tire easily. As would a child with a physical disability like cerebral palsy. Some medications can also make kids feel tired quickly.

What might be some challenges in the dance class?

Kids with reduced endurance will tire or run out of breath more quickly than other kids. It may look like they are lazy or unfit, when really they are physically working harder than most other kids.

It’s important to note that kids with chronic health conditions (e.g. asthma) and physical disability (e.g. motor and coordination challenges) work harder in the dance class to do physical activities.

Be aware and recognise the signs of fatigue

Signs that kids need a break include them slowing down, looking tired, having difficulty catching their breath, or showing signs of frustration.

Shorten activities

Shortening dance activities and exercises can help limit fatigue.

Give frequent breaks

Giving frequent, short breaks between exercises gives children time to recover. Multiple short breaks can be more helpful than less frequent longer breaks. Change class routines to incorporate more breaks.

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