This book provides students and scholars with a fail-safe guide to the key concepts in the field of Sport & Exercise Science. Intelligently cross-referenced entries provide a sound map of the multi-disciplinary demands of sport related courses including physical and biological sciences, social science and education. The entries use clear definitions, examples, and suggestions for further reading to explore each discipline.

Growth, Maturation, Motor Development and Learning

Growth, maturation, motor development and learning

Introduction and Definitions

During the period young people are at school they undergo enormous changes through the processes of growth, maturation and development. Growth is a dominant biological activity during the first two decades of life. Maturation refers to the process of becoming a mature adult. Development is a much broader concept, encompassing growth, maturation, learning and experience and relates to becoming more competent in general life skills. Every young person will undergo cognitive, motor and emotional development during their time at school, all of which will have a profound effect on shaping them as a person.

Motor development can be considered as the process by which young people acquire movement patterns, skills and techniques. It ...

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