Development of Movement Coordination in Children: Applications in the Field of Ergonomics, Health Sciences and Sport

| October 4, 2011

Title: Development of movement coordination in children: applications in the field of ergonomics, health sciences and sport

Editors: Geert Savelsbergh, Keith Davids, John van der Kamp, Simon J. Bennett

Publisher:  Routledge

Call number: RJ496 A63D48 2003

From the Publisher:

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.

About the author:

Professor Geert Savelsbergh is the Desmond Tutu Chair Holder of the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences. He studied Human Movement Sciences at the VU University and also obtained his PhD at this university. His major interest lies in the role of visual information in the guidance and regulation of movement. His research group, entitled “Perceptual-motor control: development, learning and performance”, is part of MOVE, the Faculties main research programme and is very international oriented. The research group examines these aspects with infants, children (with and without special needs) and with athletes in peak performance.

Keith Davids is the professor on the Faculty of Health at the School of Human Movement Studies. He was a first-class honours graduate of the University of London and gained a PhD at the University of Leeds. Between 1993 and 1999, he led the Motor Control group at the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the Manchester Metropolitan University, before being appointed the Department Research Coordinator. At the UK RAE 2001, the Department of Exercise and Sport Science gained a 5* rating, the highest possible award for research excellence.

Currently Professor Davids supervises doctoral students from Portugal, England, Germany, Wales, Singapore and New Zealand. He is also co-editor in chief of the International Journal of Sport Psychology and holds editorial board positions for the Journal of Sports Sciences, Infant Behavior and Development and the Psychology of Sport and Exercise. He is an Associate Editor for the Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

John van der Kamp is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam. His Master’s thesis involved the role of body orientation in the development of reaching and grasping in 3- to 9-month-old infants. During his PhD-work, which was completed in 1999 and supervised by Professors Geert Savelsbergh and Claire Michaels, he investigated the use of optical information sources in the control of interceptive movements.

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