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Children Young people Improving Physical Ability

Growth, Maturation and Development: Same Age, Big Differences!

Understanding the impact of growth and maturation on development is essential to supporting the athlete on their journey. In the second of three resources, Professor Kevin Till, a coach and developer of coaches working with athletes from a wide range of sports including football, cricket, rugby union and rugby league, shares insight to support your athletes through their stages of development

One of the main considerations for development is the large differences between your participants from a social, physical, emotional and cognitive perspective. Everyone is different, which is why it’s important to coach the person in front of us.

For more information on this, read the first resource in this series, Growth, Maturation and Development: Implications for Coaches.

Everyone is different due to their growth and maturation and their previous experiences. As a result, it is important that we don’t make decisions or judgements about our participants. Our role as a coach is to help everyone develop and be the best version of themselves and maximise their potential. Simply put, our aim is to just support and improve them; because development is not linear!

Let’s take a closer look at physical beam, which covers how growth and maturation processes mean children can be the same age but have big physical differences. The figures below show the growth curves for boys and girls and the differences in height of boys and girls of the same age. 

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