Effective talent development: the elite coach perspective in UK sport.

Martindale, Russell J J, Collins, Dave and Abraham, Andy (2007) Effective talent development: the elite coach perspective in UK sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 19 (2). pp. 187-206. ISSN 1041-3200

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Research to effectively inform the design and conduct of talent development environments (TDEs) is sparse, especially relating to the goals and systems involved. Accordingly, this paper provides a detailed picture of effective goals and systems within TDEs in a UK context. A thorough examination of the goals, nature and systems of 16 coaches with significant expertise in talent development was carried out across 13 different sports. Inductive and deductive analysis revealed support for 5 main generic characteristics of effective TDEs: 1) Long-term aims and methods; 2) Wide-ranging coherent messages and support; 3) Emphasis on appropriate development not early success; 4) Individualized and ongoing development; and 5) Integrated, holistic and systematic development. Implications for applied practitioners, policy makers and researchers are explored.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1041-3200
Electronic ISSN: 1533-1571
Uncontrolled Keywords: Talent development environments; Goals; Athletics; Key skills; Coach-athlete interactions; Coaching techniques; Coherent advice; Individual programmes; Integrated development; Long-term aims;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 700 Arts & recreation > 790 Sports, games & entertainment > 796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Library of Congress Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Item ID: 2495
Depositing User: Dr Russell Martindale
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2009 11:53
Last Modified: 09 May 2012 14:29

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