The popularity of organised sport continues to rise for youth and their families. Not only is there more variety in available options, but athletes are training and competing more than ever before, and at younger and younger ages.
Increased youth participation in sports has given rise to an increase in sport-related injuries. All children go through an accelerated period of growth during their development. It takes place during puberty and generally happens a year or so earlier for girls compared to boys.
Mismatched growth in the long bones relative to muscular lengthening disrupt structure, neuromuscular function and physical performance, and it’s a very challenging time for youth athletes – both physically and mentally.
That’s why professionals working with youth athletes must understand the degree and stages of biological development that affect motor performance in their athletes.
What’s more, regular monitoring of biological maturity is critical to prescribe appropriate training regimes that reduce the risk of activity-related injury and help athletes learn faster and achieve more in the sports that they love. Youth athlete development is a specialised area to work in.
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