9780849305306

Growth, Physical Activity, and Motor Development in Prepubertal Children

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  • ISBN13:

    9780849305306

  • ISBN10:

    0849305306

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-05-30
  • Publisher: CRC Press

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Summary

The tender period between childhood and adolescence is full of changes for young children. They are approaching the onset of sexual maturation, and because they are beginning their school careers, the possibilities for voluntary play and movement rapidly decrease while mental stress rapidly increases. It is very important that young children have a basic knowledge about correct running, jumping, throwing, and swimming as well as knowledge of how to play different sports and games. However, there are no criteria for acceptable levels of motor skills or how to correctly measure those motor skills.Focusing on a traditionally less studied age group, Growth, Physical Activity, and Motor Development in Prepubertal Children presents concentrated and selected information about the relationships among health and anthropometry, physical activity, motor ability, and motor development in children between the ages of eight and twelve. Extensively referenced, this book features the results of comprehensive studies of development during the prepubertal years as they relate to environmental conditions. It devotes special attention to body composition and health-related physical fitness.The book discusses recommended testing methods, including their validity, objectivity, and reliability. The health of children depends on their levels of physical activity, their motor abilities, and their motor skills. With the tools and guidelines provided in Growth, Physical Activity, and Motor Development in Prepubertal Children, you will be able to easily evaluate physical activity, then confidently guide children toward optimum growth and development.

Author Biography

Toivo Jurimae is Chair of the Department of Sport Pedagogy at the University of Tartu in Tartu, Estonia.

Table of Contents

Main factors influencing the development of prepubertal children
1(12)
Biological maturation
1(5)
Influence of environmental factors
6(2)
Health, physical activity, and inactivity
8(5)
Anthropometric developmetn of prepubertal children
13(38)
Introduction
13(1)
Somatic growth
14(3)
Main anthropometric parameters
17(4)
Somatotype
21(4)
Body composition
25(20)
The evolution of body composition during childhood
25(5)
Measurement methods
30(14)
Changes in body composition in prepubertal children
44(1)
Tracking anthropometric parameters and body composition
45(3)
General considerations
48(3)
Physical activities of prepubertal children
51(26)
Introduction
51(2)
Health benefits of physical activity
53(2)
Assessment of physical activity
55(7)
Physical activity guidelines
62(3)
Physical activity of children in different countries
65(3)
Tracking of physical activity
68(2)
The influence of physical activity on anthropometric parameters and motor ability
70(5)
General considerations
75(2)
Motor abilities of prepubertal children
77(40)
Introduction
77(2)
Health-related physical fitness
79(1)
Biological maturation and motor ability
80(3)
Anthropometry and motor ability
83(2)
Physical activity and motor ability
85(3)
Genetic determination of motor ability
88(1)
Competitive sports and motor ability
88(2)
Measurement methods
90(17)
Main criteria for motor ability tests
90(5)
Motor ability test batteries
95(12)
Motor abilities of children in different countries
107(5)
Tracking motor ability
112(3)
General considerations
115(2)
Motor skills of prepubertal children
117(14)
Introduction
117(1)
Basic motor skills
117(6)
Relationships among motor skills, physical activities, motor abilities, and somatic development
123(7)
General considerations
130(1)
Conclusions and perspectives
131(6)
Appendices 137(6)
References 143(38)
Index 181

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