Adolescent biological maturity and physical activity: biology meets behavior

Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2010 Aug;22(3):332-49. doi: 10.1123/pes.22.3.332.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Development*
  • Child
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sexual Maturation*