Musculoskeletal Health

Physical activity and musculoskeletal health across the lifespan

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