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

Rees, T. and Hardy, L. and Gullich, A. and Abernethy, B. and Cote, Jean. and Woodman, T. and Montgomery, H. and 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. DOI: 10.1007/s40279-016-0476-2 (In Press)

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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and includes empirical articles, reviews, position papers, academic books, governing body documents, popular books, unpublished theses and anecdotal evidence, and contains numerous models of talent development.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
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2016 03:51
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 03:51
ISSN: 0112-2035
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/6221
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1007/s40279-016-0476-2
Publisher: Springer
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