Child-adult differences in the recovery from high-intensity exercise

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2006 Jul;34(3):107-12. doi: 10.1249/00003677-200607000-00004.


Children recover from physical exertion faster than adults, especially, from high-intensity exercise. It is argued that, qualitatively, this is due mainly to dimensional differences but that, predominantly, it is a quantitative difference, stemming from the lower relative power children can generate and from which they need to recover. Children's lesser power capacity is, in turn, likely due to maturation-dependent neuromotor differences.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Lactic Acid / blood
  • Male
  • Ontario
  • Pulmonary Gas Exchange / physiology
  • Recovery of Function / physiology*
  • Time Factors


  • Lactic Acid