Identifying athletic talent and developing that talent to its full potential is a central concern in sport. Understanding talent identification and its implications for both positive and negative developmental outcomes is crucial to sporting success. This is the first comprehensive resource for scientists, researchers, students, coaches, analysts and policymakers looking to improve their knowledge of the talent identification and development process.
With contributions from leading researchers and practitioners, this book offers a complete overview of contemporary talent identification and development from in-depth discussion of methodological and philosophical issues through to practical applications. Adopting an international and multi-disciplinary approach, it addresses all key aspects of the talent identification and development process, including skill acquisition and motor learning, psychological factors and family influences, creating optimal environments for performance, and dealing with injury and rehabilitation.
Presenting an unrivalled wealth of research, the Routledge Handbook of Talent Identification and Development in Sport is an essential resource for any undergraduate or postgraduate degree course in sport studies, sport science, sport coaching or sport management, as well as for sport policymakers, analysts and coaches.
Section I: Talent Identification
1. Talent Identification and Development in Sport: An introduction
[Joseph Baker, Stephen Cobley, Jörg Schorer and Nick Wattie]
2. Does Talent Exist? Yes!
[Dean Keith Simonton]
3. Does Talent Exist? A re-evaluation of the nature-nurture debate
[Paul Ward, Patrick Belling, Erich Petushek and Joyce Ehrlinger]
4. Conceptions of Giftedness and Talent
[Christiane Fischer-Ontrup and Christian Fischer]
5. How Contemporary International Perspectives Have Consolidated a Best-Practice Approach for Identifying and Developing Sporting Talent
[Juanita R. Weissensteiner]
6. Why Conceptualizations of Talent Matter: Implications for Skill Acquisition and Talent Identification and Development
[Nick Wattie and Joseph Baker]
7. On the Efficacy of Talent Identification and Talent Development Programmes
[Arne Güllich and Stephen Cobley]
8. Applied Statistics for Practitioners and Researchers
[Dirk Büsch and Urs Granacher]
Section II: Talent Development
9. Sport Activity in Childhood: Early specialisation and diversification
[Paul R. Ford and A. Mark Williams]
10. Method in the Madness: Working towards a viable ‘paradigm’ for better understanding and supporting the athlete pathway
[Juanita R. Weissensteiner]
11. Talent Identification and Development in the Context of "Growing Up"
[Robert M. Malina, Sean P. Cumming, Manuel J. Coelho e Silva and António J. Figueiredo]
12. Psychological Factors in Developing High Performance Athletes
[Anne-Marie Elbe and Johan Wikman]
13. Family Influences on Talent Development in Sport
[Camilla J. Knight]
14. Understanding Environmental and Task Constraints on Talent Development: Ana