Ψ Hand-eye coordination, balance, & judgment of movement as well as reaction time are key activities that are all still developing during the school years.
Ψ Reaction time - is the time it takes to respond to a particular stimulus & is a good measure of readiness to acquire athletic skills.
Ψ Gender related skill development - boys and girls are about equal in physical ability, although boys tend to have greater upper-arm strength and girls have greater overall flexibility.
Ψ Culturally related skill development - national policy affects motor development; depends on the national number of hours required for physical education.
Ψ Genetically related skill development - heredity plays a role; some children are unable to master motor skills as well as others, no matter how hard they try.
Ψ Programs are counterproductive to learning motor skills when they are too
2. lack excitement
3. foster disparaging comparisons
Ψ Heredity also plays a role in fine motor skills; some children naturally write better than others.
Ψ Motor habits develop as repeated connections are formed in the brain due to the growth of the corpus callosum.
i.e. "practice makes prefect".