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Journal of Human Growth and Development

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BARROS, Jaqueline dos Santos Valente et al. Analysis of motor capacities in the maturational stages of female adolescents. J. Hum. Growth Dev. [online]. 2017, vol.27, n.2, pp. 206-212. ISSN 0104-1282.

INTRODUCTION: Maturation is a biological phenomenon inherent to the human being that acts alongside environmental factors in its relationship with the development of children and adolescents OBJECTIVE: To analyse the motor skills during maturational stages of female adolescents. METHODS: This study included 133 female adolescents aged between 10 and 17 years from federal schools in the city of Rio Branco, State of Acre, Brazil. Sexual maturation was evaluated using Tanner's self-assessment. Motor skills were assessed using the following tests: strength (Jump Test); coordination (Burpee Test); balance (Flamingo Test); flexibility (Sit and Reach Test); agility (Shuttle Run Test). The data were analyzed using SPSS 20.0 software through analysis of variance. The significance level was fixed at 5%. RESULTS: No significant statistical results were found for strength, agility, balance and flexibility, evidencing that maturational advances did not influence these skills. In the coordination variable, significant results were obtained. CONCLUSION: The results of this study suggest that maturational advancement in adolescents does not influence strength, agility, balance or flexibility. However, it does influence coordination, presenting better performance at stage P2.

Keywords : maturation; motor skills; puberty.

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