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Growth, Physical Activity, and Motor Development in Prepubertal Children

By Toivo Jurimae, Jaak Jurimae

CRC Press – 2001 – 200 pages

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    978-0-8493-0530-6
    May 29th 2001

Description

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.

Contents

MAIN FACTORS INFLUENCING THE DEVELOPMENT OF PREPUBERTAL CHILDREN

Biological Maturation

Influence of Environmental Factors

Health, Physical Activity, and Inactivity

ANTHROPOMETRIC DEVELOPMENT OF PREPUBERTAL CHILDREN

Introduction

Somatic Growth

Main Anthropometric Parameters

Somatotype

Body Composition

Tracking Anthropometric Parameters and Body Composition

General Considerations

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES OF PREPUBERTAL CHILDREN

Introduction

Health Benefits of Physical Activity

Assessment of Physical Activity

Physical Activity Guidelines

Physical Activity of Children in Different Countries

Tracking Physical Activity

The Influence of Physical Activity on Anthropometric Parameters and Motor Ability

General Considerations

MOTOR ABILITIES OF PREPUBERTAL CHILDREN

Introduction

Health-Related Physical Fitness

Biological Maturation and Motor Ability

Anthropometry and Motor Ability

Physical Activity and Motor Ability

Genetic Determination of Motor Ability

Competitive Sports and Motor Ability

Measurement Methods

Motor Abilities of Children in Different Countries

Tracking Motor Ability

General Considerations

MOTOR SKILLS OF PREPUBERTAL CHILDREN

Introduction

Basic Motor Skills

Relationships among Motor Skills, Physical Activities, Motor Abilities, and Somatic Development

General Considerations

CONCLUSIONS AND PERSPECTIVES

REFERENCES

APPENDICES

INDEX

Name: Growth, Physical Activity, and Motor Development in Prepubertal Children (Hardback)CRC Press 
Description: By Toivo Jurimae, Jaak Jurimae. 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...
Categories: Pediatrics & Child Health, Anatomy, Developmental Biology