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Public Lecture: Impact of growth and maturation on motor skill acquisition and development in children Faculty of Engineering & Science

Event Name Public Lecture: Impact of growth and maturation on motor skill acquisition and development in children
Start Date 27th Mar 2013 6:30pm
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Duration N/A
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Presented by Dr Fernando Naclerio

Many physiological changes related to growth and development occur at a rapid rate during childhood and adolescence. Healthy young people show noticeable gains in height, weight and measures of physical fitness during the developmental years. Muscular strength, for example, normally increases from childhood through the early adolescent years. During this period, there is a marked acceleration in strength in boys and a general plateau in strength in girls.

Physical education programmes involving a variety of essential motor skills (such as balance, running, jumping or throwing) can improve these skills in pre-adolescent children. If young people regularly take part in these activities, they can overcome genetic limitations and reach a level of motor performance beyond that expected for their adult lives. Motor skills acquisition can be a cornerstone for young people’s growth and development and can reduce their risk of injury and general health related disorders.

This lecture will examine how these optimal motor skills acquisition programmes should be designed.

To register:

Telephone: 020 8331 9800
E-mail: science-public-lectures@gre.ac.uk