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Life Span Motor Development 6th Edition PDF With Web Study Guide

Life Span Motor Development 6th Edition PDF With Web Study Guide

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    Life Span Motor Development, Sixth Edition With Web Study Guide, uses the model of constraints in discussing reasons for changes in movement throughout the life span, Focusing on assessment more heavily than previous editions, this updated edition encourages students to examine how the interactions of the individual, environment, and task bring about changes in a person’s movements. The principles of motor development are presented in an accessible manner so that even readers with minimal movement science background will comprehend the material.

    A key component of the sixth edition is an improved web study guide featuring revised lab activities and better functionality. New to this edition, lab activity record sheets and questions are available as fillable documents so that students can complete and submit them electronically, resulting in increased efficiency and reduced paperwork for instructors. In several labs, guided assessments teach students to observe video and categorize movements accurately. These assessments cue students to look at particular parts of the movement and guide students through questions, answers, and feedback. Then students are provided opportunities for unguided assessments via video clips or live observation, putting into practice what they have learned in the guided assessments. There are also over 100 new video clips in the web study guide, including a comprehensive video diary of the motor development milestones in the first nine months of a baby’s life.

    Life Span Motor Development, Sixth Edition, contains several other updates that are appealing to instructors and students alike:

    • A new full-color interior provides for a more engaging presentation of the material.

    • Updated research includes Generation R studies and connections to fitness and motor skills.

    • An updated presentation package and image bank, plus a test package and chapter quizzes, are included.

    • An instructor guide includes recommendations on using the lab activities in the web study guide both in and out of class.

    • Multiple learning exercises that were previously part of the web resource have been moved to the book to allow the video-rich lab activities to occupy students’ learning time when they are online

    As in past editions, students understand how maturational age and chronological age are distinct and how functional constraints affect motor skill development and learning. It also covers normal and abnormal developmental issues across the full life span, especially in the formative years. The text shows how the four components of physical fitness—cardiorespiratory endurance, strength, flexibility, and body composition—interact to affect a person’s movements over the life span. It also describes how relevant social, cultural, psychosocial, and cognitive influences can affect a person’s movements. Significant updates focus on assessment, including new figures that help to explain in detail the functional constraints approach to assessment.

    Life Span Motor Development, Sixth Edition, not only provides students with the observational skills necessary for assessing motor development, but it also expertly ties the information to real life. The text continues to emphasize the application of motor development concepts to the real world by beginning each chapter with an example of a common experience and then revisiting that experience at the end of the chapter, allowing readers to apply the material to the example. The book also retains the objectives; running glossary; and key points, sidebars, and application questions throughout each chapter.

    Life Span Motor Development, Sixth Edition, encompasses the most current research in motor development. It is enhanced with practical online resources for instructors and students, making the concepts of motor development come alive. The text gives students a solid foundation not only for beginning their studies in motor development but also for applying the concepts to real-world situations.

    Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction to Motor Development

    Chapter 1. Fundamental Concepts

    Defining Motor Development

    Constraints: A Model for Studying Motor Development

    How Do We Know It Is Change?

    A Developmental Paradox: Universality Versus Variability

    Summary and Synthesis

    Chapter 2. Theoretical Perspectives in Motor Development

    Maturational Perspective

    Information Processing Perspective

    Ecological Perspective

    Summary and Synthesis

    Chapter 3. Principles of Motion and Stability

    Understanding the Principles of Motion and Stability

    Using the Principles of Motion and Stability to Detect and Correct Errors

    Summary and Synthesis

    Part II. Physical Growth and Aging

    Chapter 4. Physical Growth, Maturation, and Aging

    Prenatal Development

    Postnatal Development

    Summary and Synthesis

    Chapter 5. Development and Aging of Body Systems

    Development of the Skeletal System

    Development of the Muscular System

    Development of the Adipose System

    Development of the Endocrine System

    Development of the Nervous System

    Summary and Synthesis

    Part III. Development of Motor Skills Across the Life Span

    Chapter 6. Early Motor Development

    How Do Infants Move?

    Why Do Infants Move? The Purpose of Reflexes

    Motor Milestones: The Pathway to Voluntary Movements

    Development of Postural Control and Balance in Infancy

    Summary and Synthesis

    Chapter 7. Development of Human Locomotion

    The First Voluntary Locomotor Efforts: Creeping and Crawling

    Walking Across the Life Span

    Running Across the Life Span

    Other Locomotor Skills

    Summary and Synthesis

    Chapter 8. Development of Ballistic Skills

    Overarm Throwing



    Sidearm Striking

    Overarm Striking

    Summary and Synthesis

    Chapter 9. Development of Manipulative Skills

    Grasping and Reaching



    Summary and Synthesis

    Part IV. Perceptual-Motor Development

    Chapter 10. Sensory-Perceptual Development

    Visual Development

    Kinesthetic Development

    Auditory Development

    Intermodal Perception

    Summary and Synthesis

    Chapter 11. Perception and Action in Development

    The Role of Action in Perception

    Postural Control and Balance

    Summary and Synthesis

    Part V. Functional Constraints to Motor Development

    Chapter 12. Social and Cultural Constraints in Motor Development

    Social and Cultural Influences as Environmental Constraints

    Society and Socialization as Environmental Constraints

    Other Sociocultural Constraints: Race, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status

    Summary and Synthesis

    Chapter 13. Psychosocial Constraints in Motor Development



    Summary and Synthesis

    Chapter 14. Knowledge as a Functional Constraint in Motor Development

    Knowledge Bases


    Speed of Cognitive Functions

    Summary and Synthesis

    Part VI. Interaction of Exercise Task and Structural Constraints

    Chapter 15. Development of Cardiorespiratory Endurance

    Physiological Responses to Short-Term Exercise

    Physiological Responses to Prolonged Exercise

    Summary and Synthesis

    Chapter 16. Development of Strength and Flexibility

    Development of Strength

    Development of Flexibility

    Summary and Synthesis

    Chapter 17. Development of Body Composition

    Body Composition and Exercise in Children and Youth

    Body Composition and Exercise in Adults


    Summary and Synthesis

    Chapter 18. Conclusion: Interactions Among Constraints

    Using Constraints to Enhance Learning in Physical Activity Settings

    Interacting Constraints: Case Studies

    Summary and Synthesis

    About the Author

    Kathleen M. Haywood, PhD, is a professor and associate dean for academic programs at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, where she has researched life span motor development and taught courses in motor behavior and development, sport psychology, and biomechanics. She earned her PhD in motor behavior from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976.

    Haywood is a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology and the Research Consortium of the Society for Health and Physical Education (SHAPE). She is also a recipient of SHAPE’s Mabel Lee Award. Haywood has served as president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and as chairperson of the Motor Development Academy of SHAPE.

    Haywood is also the coauthor of four editions of Archery: Steps to Success and of Teaching Archery: Steps to Success, published by Human Kinetics. She resides in Saint Charles, Missouri, and in her free time enjoys fitness training, tennis, and dog training.

    Nancy Getchell, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Delaware in Newark. For nearly 30 years, Getchell has investigated developmental motor control and coordination in children with and without disabilities. She teaches courses in motor development, motor control and learning, research methods, and women in sport.

    Getchell is a professional member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, the International Society of Motor Control, and the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. She is a research fellow for the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). From 2005 to 2009, Getchell served as editor for the Growth and Motor Development section of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Getchell has also served as the chairperson of the AAHPERD Motor Development and Learning Academy.

    Getchell obtained her PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1996 in kinesiology with a specialization in motor development. In 2001, Getchell was the recipient of the Lolas E. Halverson Young Investigators Award in motor development.

    Getchell resides in Wilmington, Delaware, where she enjoys hiking, geocaching, and bicycling.


    “This is a welcome update and retains the quality that characterized previous editions. It contains updated peer-reviewed evidence, but, perhaps equally important, includes contributions from the well-respected authors.”

    —Doody’s Book Review


    Ancillary materials are free to course adopters and available at

    Instructor guide. Includes chapter overviews, tips for using learning experiences and lab activities in the classroom, supplemental class activities, suggested background readings, and answers to selected lab activities.

    Test package. Includes more than 550 questions in true-or-false, fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, essay, and short-answer formats.

    Chapter quizzes. Separate from the test package, chapter quizzes provide ready-made quizzes for each chapter. The chapter quiz will help instructors assess students’ comprehension of the most important concepts in the chapter. Each quiz contains 10 questions and can be downloaded into learning management systems.

    Presentation package plus image bank.
    Includes more than 490 slides of text, photos, and artwork from the book that instructors can use for class discussion and presentation. The sixth edition’s presentation package includes select video clips that offer a more engaging presentation of the content. Plus, the image bank includes most of the figures, content photos, and tables from the text, sorted by chapter, that can be used in developing a customized presentation based on specific course requirements.

    The presentation package plus image bank is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4504-7189-3

    Web study guide with lab activities. The web study guide will help students understand and apply concepts and research findings. It includes 40 lab activities that can be filled in online and printed or e-mailed, and 114 new video clips with footage focusing on infants, toddlers, young children, adolescents, and adults performing fundamental motor skills. Many of the videos have been updated from the previous online student resource, and this edition includes a comprehensive video diary of the first nine months of an infant’s life. The lab activities will give students an opportunity to interact with motor skills in real time to help them apply concepts from the book and provide an integrated learning experience between the book and online resource.

    The web study guide is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4504-7190-9