Longitudinal Growth and Development


This research area focuses on understanding the role of growth and maturation on physical development from childhood and adolescence into adulthood.

Key areas of investigation include:

  • The design, development and data analysis of longitudinal growth studies
  • Understanding the role of physical activity and exercise on the physical growth and maturation of children and adolescents
  • Ongoing investigations of childhood and adolescent lifestyle behaviours on adult bone health
  • Examining the role of gymnastic training on bone growth and development during early childhood
  • Investigating the effects of maturational onset on musculoskeletal development 
  • Identifying the links between early life physical activity and adult cardiovascular health and body composition 
  • Examining the role of physical growth and maturation on talent selection and sport participation during childhood and adolescence
  • Developing web based growth utility tools to predict growth characteristics