Kids' height predictor developed
U of S kinesiology researchers have developed a new method to predict the full-grown height of healthy children.
Research group leader Adam Baxter-Jones along with Lauren Sherar and Bob Mirwald presented their inexpensive and non-intrusive method of predicting the adult height of healthy children between age eight and 16 in this month’s issue of the Journal of Pediatrics.
“Everyone has always been interested in how tall a child is going to grow,” says Baxter-Jones. “This was curiosity-driven science for curiosity-driven parents.”
To predict a child’s adult height, their age, height, sitting height and weight are entered into the group’s formula. A simple tool for this is at www.usask.ca/kinesiology/research_index.php.
The prediction method is the first to take into account the child’s stage of growth. The team sees an abundance of real-world applications for the prediction method. Curious parents may be most likely to use the tool, but Baxter-Jones hopes coaches and other health professionals working with children will take advantage of the method to identify talent in their athletes.