The Past Is Prologue: A Developmental Kinesiologist’s Journey Up a Mountain

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The past is prologue, writes Shakespeare in The Tempest. And there seems no better expression to capture the theme of my essay on searching the future of kinesiology in its recent past through my lens as a motor development scholar. Using the developmental metaphor of climbing a mountain amidst a range of mountains, the progressing stages of my development and that of kinesiology are recounted. Over the five-plus decades of my growth as an academic and that of kinesiology, I look for the antecedents and the constraints that shape our change and may shape the future of the field of motor development and kinesiology.

The author (jeclark@umd.edu) is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA.

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