The Great British Medalists Project: A Review of Current Knowledge on the Development of the World’s Best Sporting Talent.

Rees, T., Hardy, L., Guellich, A., Abernethy, B., Cote, J., Woodman, T., Montgomery, H., Laing, S. and Warr, C., 2016. The Great British Medalists Project: A Review of Current Knowledge on the Development of the World’s Best Sporting Talent. Sports Medicine, pp. 1-18.

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Abstract

The literature base regarding the development of sporting talent is extensive, and includes empirical articles, reviews, position papers, academic books, governing body documents, popular books, unpublished theses and anecdotal evidence, and contains numerous models of talent development. With such a varied body of work, the task for researchers, practitioners and policy makers of generating a clear understanding of what is known and what is thought to be true regarding the development of sporting talent is particularly challenging. Drawing on a wide array of expertise, we address this challenge by avoiding adherence to any specific model or area and by providing a reasoned review across three key overarching topics: (a) the performer; (b) the environment; and (c) practice and training. Within each topic sub-section, we review and calibrate evidence by performance level of the samples. We then conclude each sub-section with a brief summary, a rating of the quality of evidence, a recommendation for practice and suggestions for future research. These serve to highlight both our current level of understanding and our level of confidence in providing practice recommendations, but also point to a need for future studies that could offer evidence regarding the complex interactions that almost certainly exist across domains.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0112-1642
Uncontrolled Keywords:Junior Elite; Talent Development; Athlete Status; Low Quality Evidence; Rhythmic Gymnast; Field Hockey Player; Sport School; Implicit Learning; Dispositional Optimism; Intrinsic Motivation; Main Sport; Extrinsic Motivation; Adaptive Perfectionism; Biological Maturity; Deliberate Practice
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:23120
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:05 Feb 2016 12:01
Last Modified:02 Aug 2016 11:53

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