The Reading / Listening - Endurance Athletes - Level 5

Children always seem to have bags of energy and never run out of steam. Researchers found that children have the stamina and levels of recovery of endurance athletes. Children recover from "high-intensity exercise" a lot quicker than athletes. A study looked at the performance levels of children cycling, and compared their fitness to athletes. Dr Sebastien Ratel said: "We found the children used more of their aerobic metabolism and were therefore less tired during the high-intensity physical activities. They also recovered very quickly - even faster than the well-trained adult endurance athletes."



The researchers hope their findings will help scientists understand how the human body changes with age. It could help in the fight against diabetes and other diseases. Dr Ratel warned that children are becoming less active. He said: "With the rise in diseases related to physical inactivity, it is helpful to understand the physiological changes with growth that might contribute to the risk of disease." He said children should keep fit as they grow up and play a lot so they become healthy adults. He said: "Children seem to have the ability to play and play...long after adults have become tired."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Endurance Athletes - Level 4 or  Endurance Athletes - Level 6

Sources
    http://www.newsweek.com/childrens-muscles-recover-faster-exercise-endurance-athletes-new-research-897829 https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/children-fit-professional-endurance-athletes-12416828 https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/why-you-re-exhausted-from-running-after-your-kids-and-they-aren-t-20180420-p4zar2.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. bags
  2. never run
  3. the stamina and
  4. high-intensity
  5. compared their fitness
  6. children used more of their aerobic
  7. They also recovered
  8. even
  1. levels of recovery
  2. faster
  3. exercise
  4. metabolism
  5. very quickly
  6. of energy
  7. to athletes
  8. out of steam

Paragraph 2

  1. their findings will help
  2. how the human body
  3. help in the fight
  4. children are
  5. the rise in diseases related
  6. contribute to the
  7. have the ability to play
  8. long after adults
  1. becoming less active
  2. against diabetes
  3. and play
  4. have become tired
  5. risk of disease
  6. scientists understand
  7. to physical inactivity
  8. changes with age

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Children always (1) ___________________ bags of energy and never run (2) ___________________. Researchers found that children have the stamina and levels of recovery of endurance athletes. Children recover (3) ___________________ exercise" a lot quicker than athletes. A study looked at the performance levels of children cycling, and compared (4) ___________________ athletes. Dr Sebastien Ratel said: "We found the children used more of their aerobic metabolism and were therefore less (5) ___________________ high-intensity physical activities. They also recovered very quickly - even faster than (6) ___________________ adult endurance athletes."

The researchers (7) ___________________ will help scientists understand how the human body changes with age. It could help in the fight (8) ___________________ other diseases. Dr Ratel warned that children are becoming less active. He said: "With the rise in diseases (9) ___________________ inactivity, it is helpful to understand the physiological changes with growth that (10) ___________________ the risk of disease." He said children should (11) ___________________ they grow up and play a lot so they become healthy adults. He said: "Children seem to have the (12) ___________________ and play...long after adults have become tired."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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ofenduranceathletes.Childrenrecoverfrom"high-intensityexercis
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hildrencycling,andcomparedtheirfitnesstoathletes.DrSebastienRat
elsaid:"Wefoundthechildrenusedmoreoftheiraerobicmetabolisman
dwerethereforelesstiredduringthehigh-intensityphysicalactivitie
s.Theyalsorecoveredveryquickly-evenfasterthanthewell-traine
dadultenduranceathletes."Theresearchershopetheirfindingswillhel
pscientistsunderstandhowthehumanbodychangeswithage.Itcouldh
elpinthefightagainstdiabetesandotherdiseases.DrRatelwarnedthatc
hildrenarebecominglessactive.Hesaid:"Withtheriseindiseasesrelate
dtophysicalinactivity,itishelpfultounderstandthephysiologicalchang
eswithgrowththatmightcontributetotheriskofdisease."Hesaidchildre
nshouldkeepfitastheygrowupandplayalotsotheybecomehealthyadul
ts.Hesaid:"Childrenseemtohavetheabilitytoplayandplay...longafter
adultshavebecometired."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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