The physical maturation of a young athlete is multifaceted encompassing changes related to bone, muscle, body composition, and neuromuscular control. This process is commonly influenced by gender, age, genetics, and external factors. Physical maturation has a unique effect on the acquisition of skills and risk of injury in the young developing athlete. Developing an understanding of the changes that occur physically in the developing athlete can help identify when and how to train, aid in recognizing risk, and identify preventative measures to optimize the health and well-being of youth athletes.
The Youth Athlete:A Practitioner' s Guide to Providing Comprehensive Sports Medicine Care
Body composition; Bone and muscle development; Neuromuscular control; Peak height velocity; Physical maturation; Young athlete
Sisson M, Harvey BS, Stork NC. Physical maturation. The Youth Athlete. Published online 2023:5-11. doi:10.1016/b978-0-323-99992-2.00033-5