Topics Discussed: child development; nervous system development; sports; sports medicine.
Sections: Definition of Neurodevelopment, Stages of Neurodevelopment and Implications for Sport Participation, The Preschool Years, Middle Childhood, Neurodevelopmental Readiness for Sports, Neurodevelopment and Injuries, Summary, Acknowledgement, References.
Excerpt:"Stories of child prodigies, who began to learn a specific sport as early as age 3, may encourage parents to question whether or not they too should be enrolling their very young children in sport training programs. This raises the issue of neurodevelopmental maturation and readiness of the child to effectively and safely engage in sports, especially competitive sports. This chapter reviews the definition of neurodevelopment, normal child development as relevant to sport participation, and sport readiness. The discussion is limited to typically developing children...."
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