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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 ...
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.
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|1||Theoretical perspectives on the development of movement co-ordination in children||1|
|2||Motor development and ergonomics: lifting objects as a window on motor control in children||17|
|3||Children's overestimation of their physical abilities: links to injury proneness||29|
|4||Road-crossing behaviour in young children||41|
|5||Learning to draw and to write: issues of variability and constraints||56|
|6||Constraints in children's learning to use spoons||75|
|7||Reflexes reflected: past and present of theory and practice||97|
|8||Children's co-ordination and developmental movement difficulty||107|
|9||Perceptual-motor behaviour in children with Down syndrome||133|
|10||Discrete bimanual movement co-ordination in children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy||156|
|11||Locomotion in children with cerebral palsy: early predictive factors for ambulation and gait analysis||177|
|12||Catching action development||191|
|13||Degrees of freedom, movement co-ordination and interceptive action of children with and without cerebral palsy||213|
|14||The development of throwing behaviour||225|
|15||The co-ordination of kicking techniques in children||241|
|16||Development of locomotor co-ordination and control in children||251|