Talent identification and development in game sports

Job Fransen, Arne Güllich

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This chapter addresses the question of how gifted athletes were discovered and developed their potential into exceptional performance. It focuses on talent identification and talent development in game sports. Some coaches in youth basketball, football, or soccer may feel delighted when someone joins their team who appears to be 'a natural,' 'a once-in-a- century-talent,' or a prodigy, expecting that the individual's involvement in their practice program will lead to exceptional performance within a few years. On the other hand, coaches may believe that only hard work makes champions or perhaps hard work beats talent until talent starts to work hard. The chapter first outlines central tenets of general frameworks for research into giftedness and the developmental acquisition process of expertise. It describes significant particularities of the game sports domain and provides an overview of existing empirical research evidence with reference to the generic frameworks. Finally, it discusses implications and future directions. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychology of high performance
Subtitle of host publicationDeveloping human potential into domain-specific talent
EditorsRena F Subotnik, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Frank C Worrell
Place of PublicationWashington
PublisherAmerican Philosophical Association
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic) 9781433830389
ISBN (Print)9781433829888
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

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NamePsychology of high performance: Developing human potential into domain-specific talent.


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