Identifying talent in athletes and developing that ability to
its fullest potential is a central concern of sport scientists,
sports coaches and sports policy makers. This book offers a
comprehensive synthesis of current knowledge in talent
identification and development in sport, from the biological basis
of ability to the systems and processes within sport through which
that ability is nurtured.
Written by a team of leading international experts, the book
explores key factors and issues in contemporary sport,
- secondary factors such as birth date, cultural context and
- perceptual motor skill acquisition and expertise
- sports development policy
- in-depth case studies, including European soccer, East African
running and US pro sports.
With an emphasis throughout on practical implications and
processes for all those working in sport, the book offers an
authoritative evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of
contemporary systems for identifying and developing talent in
sport. This is important reading for any student, researcher or
practitioner with an interest in skill acquisition, youth sport,
elite sport, sports coaching or sports development.