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Why boys are clumsy.

THE truth about adolescent boys is out - they really are clumsy.

Tests show their brains cannot keep up with growth spurts during the "awkward age".

Rapid development means their brains are having to constantly readjust to decisions such as climbing steps.

Researchers asked 75 boys aged 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15 to predict heights they thought they could reach from a standing position.

The younger and older boys faired well but the rapid-growth middle group made the biggest errors of judgment.

And they were found to lose balance more often.

Researchers at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, told the Scottish annual conference of the British Psychological Society: "They grow faster than they can keep up with and make clumsy mistakes in the process."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 28, 1998
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