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

Rees, Tim, Hardy, Lew, Güllich, Arne, Abernethy, Bruce, Côté, Jean, Woodman, Tim, Montgomery, Hugh, Laing, Stewart and Warr, Chelsea (2016) The Great British Medalists Project: A Review of Current Knowledge on the Development of the World’s Best Sporting Talent. Sports Medicine, 46 (8). pp. 1041-1058. doi:10.1007/s40279-016-0476-2

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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and includes empirical articles, reviews, position papers, academic books, governing body documents, popular books, unpublished theses and anecdotal evidence, and contains numerous models of talent development.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
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Elite athlete; Implicit learning; Deliberate practice; Great Britain; Talent development
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV0711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV0712 Athletic contests. Sports events
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport and Exercise > Sports Leadership, Education & Society
Depositing User: Rhiannon Goodland
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2020 15:00
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2020 14:15
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/8852

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