The Health-Enhancing Effects Of Physical Activity Among Youth

Authored by: Robert Malina , Sean Cumming , Manuel Coelho-e-Silva

Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415840033
eBook ISBN: 9780203795002
Adobe ISBN: 9781134469932

10.4324/9780203795002.ch34

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Abstract

Youth is a variably defined descriptor of the life stage between childhood and adulthood. In the context of the present volume, the age range 16–25 years has been suggested as a guide to evaluating health benefits of physical activity. From the perspective of growth and maturation, the proposed age range encompasses late adolescence and young adulthood in the majority of youth. Individual differences in timing and tempo of biological growth and maturation and behavioural development associated with puberty and the adolescent growth spurt occur in most youth before 16 years, but the impact may persist into later adolescence and young adulthood. The need to consider both biological and psycho-behavioural characteristics of youth is essential and highlights the need for researchers to adopt a biocultural perspective.

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