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Reaction Sprint


Physical: acceleration, agility, balance, lower extremity coordination, coordination of movement

Cognitive: selective attention, reaction time, auditory processing, visual processing

Social: taking turns (if doing activity with more than one person)a

Number of participants:

1 or more


masking tape or lines on the floor


  1. child sprints from one line to another for a distance of 10m when the coach signals “Go!”
  2. child turns and sprints back on another signal from the coach

Adaptations for Wheelchair Users:

Children who are using wheelchairs can practice wheeling when the parent/coach says go.

Encourage children in wheelchairs to practice changing directions quickly and safely.

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment:

  • provide verbal encouragement for the child to run as fast as they can
  • give the child advance warning to start (i.e., Ready, set, go) to decrease cognitive demand

Change the task: have the child run a shorter distance (move cones closer together) to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: increase the distance that the child needs to walk to increase physical demand 

Change the task:

  • increase physical demand by increasing running distance (move cones farther apart)
  • increase physical demand by increasing the number of sprints to complete the activity

Goal examples:

  • child is able to sprint 10m in 15 seconds, 3 times in a row
  • I can sprint from one point to another

Activity adapted from video above.