Co-ordination of movement plays a key role in human development and is an important area in sport and health sciences. This book looks in detail at how children develop basic skills, such as walking and reaching for objects, and more complex skills such as throwing and catching a ball accurately or riding a bicycle.
Development of Movement Co-ordination in Children is informed by five major theoretical perspectives and are explained in an introductory chapter:
* neural maturation
* information processing
* direct perception
* dynamic systems
* constraint theory.
The international contributions are brought together under the headings of ergonomics, health sciences and sport. Focusing on practical applications, individual chapters cover many different aspects of movement behaviour and development, ranging from children's over-estimation of their physical abilities and the links to injury proneness, to the co-ordination of kicking techniques. Both normal and abnormal development is considered.
This text will be of considerable interest to students, teachers and professionals in the fields of sport science, kinesiology, physical education, ergonomics and developmental psychology.
Table of Contents
1. Theoretical Perspectives on the Development of Movement Co-ordination in Children ergonomics 2. Motor Development and Ergonomics: Lifting Objects as a Window on Motor Control Children 3. Children's Overestimation of their Physical Abilities: Links to Injury Proneness 4. Road-Crossing Behaviour in Young Children 5. Learning to Draw and to Write: Issues of Variability and Constraints 6. Constraints in Children's Learning to use Spoon Health Sciences 7. Reflexes Reflected: Past and Present of Theory and Practice 8. Children's Co-ordination and Developmental Movement Difficulty 9. Perceptual-Motor Behaviour of Children with Down Syndrome 10. Discrete Bimanual Movement Co-ordination in Children with Hemiparetic Cerebral Palsy 11. Locomotion in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Early Predictive Factors for Ambulation and Gait Analysis Sport 12. Catching Action Development 13. degrees of Freedom, Movement Co-Ordination and Interceptive Action of Children With and Without Cerebral Palsy 14. The Development of Throwing Behaviour 15. The Co-ordination of Kicking Techniques in Children 16. Development of Locomotor Co-ordination and Control in Children
'Very well-structured, well-written and important contribution to the motor learning literature. Many individuals, including students, teachers and those working in the sport, health and exercise sciences will find in it a great deal of valuable information, and therefore I strongly recommend it to those working in these fields.' - European Physical Education Review