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Maturation Assessment

Predict timing of growth to identifying windows of accelerated adaptation, during which the developing body responds best to speed, stamina and strength training, for short term fitness, individualised coaching and long term athletic development.

Some Common Questions

My teams don't use SURPASSPORT?

SURPASSPORT can really help coordinate sports commitments within the family. Add adults and children over 16, and each can view and set their scheduled activities as they become aware of them.

Once the activity is completed, confirm this with the App and the workload scoring is automatically updated. This allows you to monitor your family's consistency, perhaps motivating to do a little more, or occasionally including a justified rest day.

Lastly, why not show your records to the team coach, and suggest that they arrange a pilot?

 Can my school to use SURPASSPORT?

Absolutely! A recommendation from you will let the teacher know that you value the App and that notice of upcoming school fixtures is important to you as it helps you better plan your time.

The recommendation process is fully supported within the App. Simply go to the athlete's page, and select the add Teams & Squads button. Complete the form, confirm the preview message and SURPASSPORT will issue the message to the teacher.

What is Maturation?

Kids all grow and develop at a pace that is uniquely individual, and includes a series of so-called “maturation” stages, including a stage when their growth is at its fastest, formally referred to as Peak Height Velocity (PHV).

Why Peak Height Velocity?

The age / date at which growth is fastest is used as a reference point to identify when the growing body is developing physical and physiological structures, such as skeleton, genitals or lung capacity. Not all are relevant to sport, but research over the past 5 decades has identified phases, windows of "accelerated adaptation", when the body can be influenced to increase potential for speed muscle, stamina or flexibility.

 When is "accelerated adaptation" opportune?

For boys, there are two periods which favour development of suppleness and speed between 8 and 10 years and speed and stamina between 13 and 15 years. Strength training becoming opportune when they are almost finished growing, about 2 years after growth peaks, around age 17.

Girls begin their development earlier than boys, and more importantly, the timing of when strength training happens immediately once their growth peaks, typically at 12 years.

These windows shift according to the individual timing of the child, with there being a four to five year spread of maturation against chronological age for girls aged 11 and boys aged 13. That means that boys on a team, for example, could play Under 13 but have bodies that pass for 10 or 15 years. It also means that early maturing girls could start strength training at only 10 years.

 How accurate is the prediction?

The prediction peak growth is most accurate closest to the time it occurs, but is estimated with 6 month certainty from age 7 onwards. The assessments should be repeated in the run up to peak growth, with increasing frequency, and beyond, until the age has been determined with confidence. SURPASSPORT automatically tracks the assessment frequency for each child and notifies both parents and coach when another should be arranged.

Used by

  • Basketball Ireland

    Tracking workload and more for the Irish Juvenile International squads.

  • Cumann na mBunscoil, Kildare

    Management of primary school leagues

  • Naas GAA

    Coordinating Juvenile Hurling team availability and attendance.

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