Chronological Age vs. Biological Maturation: Implications for Exercise Programming in Youth

Lloyd, Rhodri S, Oliver, Jon L, Faigenbaum, Avery D, Myer, Gregory D and De Ste Croix, Mark B ORCID: 0000-0001-9911-4355 (2014) Chronological Age vs. Biological Maturation: Implications for Exercise Programming in Youth. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28 (5). pp. 1454-1464. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000000391

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Biological maturation is associated with significant change to a number of physiological and structural processes throughout childhood and, in particular, adolescence. Mismatched rapid growth in the long bones relative to muscular lengthening may disrupt structure, neuromuscular function, and physical performance. Practitioners who work with school-age youth should be aware of the age-related changes that typically take place during a child's development to ensure that their strength and conditioning programming is as safe and effective as possible for enhancing performance and reducing injury risk. Although there are several methods available to assess biological maturation, practitioners who work with youth can benefit from assessment methods that are available and feasible, and that provide utility in the quantification of the degree and stages of biological maturation that affect motor performance in children and adolescents. This article synthesizes the relevant assessment methods and provides a rationale for understanding usable biological maturation assessment tools that can aid in the development of training program design for youth.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: youth fitness, somatic age, skeletal age, sexual age, youth sports injury, early sport specialization
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 27 May 2016 08:51
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:10

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