What is talent identification and development? Current methods Results Limitations Implications Further research Conclusions
The process of Such as: identifying promising Anthropometry young talent and Physiology accelerating its Psychology progress Sociology Usually achieved by Physical and motor abilities assessing a number of Game specific skills variables via a battery Injury epidemiology of tests Training history Match experience Perceptual cognitive skills
Fig. 1. Key stages in the talent identification and development process (adapted from Williams and Franks, 1998).
The talent is exposed to specialised coaching and training Providing the most appropriate learning environment to realize their potential Giftedness Talent
Anthropometry Physiology Psychology Sociology Physical and motor abilities Game specific skills Injury epidemiology
Current methodology can identify talented youth athletes Combination of cross sectional and longitudinal methods Multi dimensional approach becoming more widely used No consensus of current methods and there effectiveness
Relative Age Effect (RAE) factor Variation in assessment Models for identification Maturation factors Dynamic nature of talent and its development
Variety of testing methods = accurate assessment Psychological profiling and support Sociological support Genetic and injury history Measurement of maturation level Long term approach to testing and monitoring measures
long term development measured in progress rather than performance longitudinal process that also combines elements of the cross sectional design Investigating the effect of maturation on talent identification Effect of long term talent identification on female athletes
Multi dimensional approach Sport specific testing Monitor progress, rather than performance Further scientific research
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