Natural development of sprint speed in girls and boys: a narrative review

Kaushik Talukdar, Craig Harrison, Mike McGuigan

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Sprinting is a fundamental motor skill in many sports. The ability to move rapidly over short distances can significantly impact the outcome of a game. The natural development of sprinting speed is similar in females and males during the first decade of life. However, due to changes in hormonal levels during puberty the development of kinetic and kinematic variables associated with sprinting may be affected in young females compared to their male counterparts. Previously researchers have investigated sprinting kinetics and kinematics in young males. However, there is a paucity of research on young females. Therefore, the purpose of this review is to highlight the biological differences between
genders with regard to sprinting and the changes in kinetics and kinematics across
maturation in young females
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalThe Journal of Sport and Exercise Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


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