This review builds on earlier reviews and considers the development of strength characteristics from childhood through adulthood. Since strength is associated with size and biological maturation, these associations are also discussed. Finally, genetic determinants of strength and tracking of strength components over time are also reviewed.
The authors are with the Center for Physical Development Research in the Department of Sport and Movement Science, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, K.U. Leuven, Tervuursevest 101, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium.