The decline in physical activity (PA) across adolescence is well established but influence of biological maturity on the process has been largely overlooked. This paper reviews the limited number of studies which examine the relationship between timing of biological maturity and PA. Results are generally inconsistent among studies. Other health-related behaviors are also considered in an effort to highlight the complexity of relationships between biological maturation and behavior and to provide future research directions.
Sherar and Baxter-Jones are with the College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Cumming is with the School for Health, University of Bath, Bath, UK. Eisenmann is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Malina is with the Dept. of Kinesiology and Health Education, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX and the Dept. of Kinesiology, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX.