Lifelong Motor Development, Sixth Edition, is a comprehensive, science-based text covering background, theory, and research in the field of physical growth and motor behavior across the life span, as well as the practical application of these concepts. The Sixth Edition focuses on the concept that the study of motor development is the study of change. In order to truly understand the multicausal and complex nature of motor development, this book was created and continues with the goal of introducing students to not a single theoretical explanation, but the most prominent theories and views that underscore our understanding of change in motor development. This approach helps the Sixth Edition maintain its place as still the most scientific, contemporary, and applicable text of its kind.
I. AN OVERVIEW OF LIFELONG HUMAN DEVELOPMENT 1. Introduction to the Developmental Perspective II. BIOLOGICAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT 2. Heredity and Neurological Changes 3. Physical Growth Changes 4. Physiological Changes 5. Factors Affecting Growth and Development III. PERCEPTION AND INFORMATION PROCESSING 6. Perceptual Development 7. Information Processing and Motor Control IV. MOTOR BEHAVIOR ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN 8. Early Movement Behavior 9. Motor Behavior During Early Childhood 10. Motor Behavior During Later Childhood and Adolescence 11. Motor Behavior in the Adult Years V. ASSESSING CHANGE 12. Assessment VI. SOCIOCULTURAL INFLUENCES ON MOTOR DEVELOPMENT 13. Sociocultural Influences on Motor Development