Talent Identification And Development In Sport: International Perspectives

Paperback | September 27, 2011

EditorJoseph Baker, Steve Cobley, Jörg Schorer

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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, including:

  • genetics
  • secondary factors such as birth date, cultural context and population size
  • 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.

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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...

Joseph Baker is with the Lifespan Health and Performance Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, Canada and a visiting research fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. His research focuses on optimal human development, particularly issues affecting the acquisition of sport expertise. Steve C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 27, 2011Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415581613

ISBN - 13:9780415581615

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Preface  1. Identification & Development of Sport Talent: A Brief Introduction to a Growing Field of Research and Practice Steve Cobley, J¿rg Schorer and Joseph Baker  Section One: Theoretical and conceptual models for understanding talent identification and development  2. Do genes predict potential? Genetic factors and athletic success  Joseph Baker  3. Building talent development systems on mechanistic principles: Making them better at what makes them good  ¿ineMacNamara and Dave Collins  4. Environmental influences on early development in sports experts  Sean Horton  5. What skill acquisition and expertise research tells us about talent identification and development  Damian Farrow  6. Dynamical systems theory as a multi-disciplinary framework for understanding expertise and talent development in sport Ian Renshaw, Keith Davids, Elissa Phillips and Hugo Kerherve  Section Two: International case studies of talent identification and development  7. Talent Identification and Development in Women¿s Artistic Gymnastics: The Talent Opportunity Program (TOPs)  William A. Sands 8. Who are the superstars of tomorrow? Talent development in Dutch soccer  Marije T. Elferink-Gemser and Chris Visscher 9. Talent identification, selection and development in UK Junior Rugby League: An evolving process  Kevin Till, Chris Chapman, Steve Cobley, John O¿Hara and Carleton Cooke  10. Back to the future ¿ A case report of the ongoingevaluationprocess of the German handball talent selection and development system. J¿rg Schorer, Dirk B¿sch, Lennart Fischer, Jan Pabst, Rebecca Rienhoff, Peter Sichelschmidt, and Bernd Strau¿nbsp; 11. Explaining African dominance in running Yannis Pitsiladis  12. Applying Talent Identification Programs at a System Wide Level: The Evolution of Australia¿s National Program Jason Gulbin  13. Lessons learned: The future of research in talent identification and development Joseph Baker, J¿rg Schorer and Steve Cobley