HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Road Racing and Youth Running: Cross Country Coaches' Perspectives

Document Type

Article

Date

2017

Publication Title

The Sport Journal

ISSN or ISBN

1543-9518

Volume

19

Issue

1

Description

This study focused on obtaining the thoughts and opinions of high school cross country coaches regarding the role road racing should play in youth running. The participants for this study consisted of 132 successful high school cross country coaches from across the United States responding to an original Youth Running and Road Racing survey. The results of the survey found that there was a high level of concern by a majority of the coaches that youth runners face risk of both injuries and burnout because of the distances they run at young ages along with the current environment that focuses too much on competition and not enough on fun and enjoyment of running. Therefore, coaches need to be brought into the conversation with race organizers, the media that covers running, and parents to help modify youth road races so that they can ensure the health and safety of future runners.

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