Our Maturation Assessment predicts timing of growth, identifying windows of accelerated adaptation during which the developing body responds best to speed, stamina and strength training, for short term fitness and long term athletic potential and helps tailor training sessions to individual needs, a key element in retention and long term development.
Why Maturation Matters
Sport, especially team sport, favours earlier maturing children, not because of talent, but because an early size advantage can bias team selection, sometimes at the expense of late developers.
While this is positive for the selected players, the remaining squad are at a disadvantage, having fewer opportunities to build their experience, impacting their skills development, enjoyment of the game and increasing their risk of quitting.
Science tells us that early or late maturation does not determine adult body characteristics, but how kids are coached during adolescence can impact their potential into adulthood. What’s optimal for them in terms of speed, stamina, flexibility & strength training depends on what stage they’re in, not their age.
Ignoring maturation in how we coach kids risks losing up to 60% of the potential adult talent pool, to the team, to the club and to the sport.
How it works
As coach or teacher, you schedule an assessment session with SURPASSPORT for 20 to 50 kids and then circulate the booking link to your team’s parents, informing them when and where, allowing them to register and pay for their kids.
Our experienced assessors measure and record each kids’ height, arm-span and weight. SURPASSPORT uses this data to calculate when peak growth occurs and identify their maturation stage and most opportune training emphases.
The assessment findings are available to your team’s coaches on SURPASSPORT. Parents receive a PDF report, keeping them informed and aligned with your coaching programme.
You then can tailor your coaching games and drills to emphasise speed, stamina, flexibility, strength or skills based on groups corresponding to your players’ maturation stages, ensuring an individualise experience.
SURPASSPORT will remind you and parents when the assessment should be repeated, so as to refine the estimate of when peak growth is expected, or to confirm when it occurred.
Supporting children in their journey to becoming adult players is a key reason we coach underage sport. Coaching children through their teenage years must take account of their individual development, especially their physical development.
SURPASSPORT eliminates guesswork and informs your conditioning programme for each player, appropriate for their biological age.
- Starting resistance training in girls at the optimal age is vital for building bone density, which will last a lifetime.
- Boys are at risk of starting strength training too early, risking injury while their joints and ligaments are still developing.
- Early developers’ fleeting size advantage can lead to complacency and then result in frustration as their own age group catch up.They benefit from a regular reality check by training with biological peers, helping them to maintain work rate through these years..
- Matching late developers with their physiological peers makes it more about skill, not strength, especially at an age when everything is already changing.They are reassured that they will catch up, with every chance that they will be the better players, having had to work harder all along.
Using maturation status on SURPASSPORT to rebalance team training helps each kid to feel valued and allows all kids to be challenged on effort and skills.
This contributes in no small part to their enjoyment at training and matches, which in turn motivates practice, fitness and participation.
Long term gains are equally possible, where working to windows of accelerated adaptation can yield improved speed muscle, mental and aerobic stamina and suppleness, perhaps allowing aspiring athletes to compete on a world stage.
Helping kids safely achieve their sporting potential is more than a noble goal or health benefit. It encourages lifelong participation and makes for stronger teams, stronger clubs and stronger sport.
The assessment costs €15.00 per child, including VAT when pre-booked online, or €20.00 at the door. The assessment is generally delivered at the school or club and involves taking a number of skeletal measurements, after which, parents receive a generated report and access to SURPASSPORT.
We strive to deliver the service efficiently across Ireland, but reserve the right to apply travel expenses depending on numbers and location.