American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

The Effects of a Progressive Running Program on Girls’ Running Economy
Ryan M. Green, PhD, LAT, ATC; Holly S. Kihm, PhD, CCLS; Heidi Kulkin, PhD, LCSW-BACS; Myia Graves, PhD

Participation in physical activity across the lifespan is imperative for improving and maintaining good health, however, most children and youth do not participate in the recommended amount of physical activity per day. The purpose of this pilot study was to test the efficacy of a progressive running program on girls’ running economy over a 14 week time period. Participants completed weekly structured running activities and completed running and strength building activities. Results showed a strong relationship between age and number of days compliant during the program and a significant relationship between the number of days participants attended lab and distance they were able to cover during midpoint and final assessments. A progressive program that is tailored specifically to youth may be a useful tool in encouraging a higher level of physical activity participation.

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