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Talent Identification and Development in Sport: International Perspectives [Hardcover]

Joseph (Joe) Baker , Steve Cobley , Jörg Schorer
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10 Aug 2011

Identifying talent in athletes and developing that ability to its fullest potential is a central concern of sport scientists, sports coaches and sports policy makers. This book offers a comprehensive synthesis of current knowledge in talent identification and development in sport, from the biological basis of ability to the systems and processes within sport through which that ability is nurtured.

Written by a team of leading international experts, the book explores key factors and issues in contemporary sport, including:

  • genetics
  • secondary factors such as birth date, cultural context and population size
  • perceptual motor skill acquisition and expertise
  • sports development policy
  • in-depth case studies, including European soccer, East African running and US pro sports.

With an emphasis throughout on practical implications and processes for all those working in sport, the book offers an authoritative evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary systems for identifying and developing talent in sport. This is important reading for any student, researcher or practitioner with an interest in skill acquisition, youth sport, elite sport, sports coaching or sports development.



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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (10 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415581605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415581608
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,958,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Joseph Baker is with the Lifespan Health and Performance Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, Canada and a visiting research fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. His research focuses on optimal human development, particularly issues affecting the acquisition of sport expertise.

Steve Cobley is a senior lecturer in skill acquisition and sport psychology within the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. His specific research interests focus upon developmental factors that constrain learning, attainment and performance.

Jörg Schorer is a research associate at the Institute of Sport Science at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, Germany. His research interests are not only within the field of talent identification and development, but also in expertise in sport, perceptual motor skills and sport psychology.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy 15 Jun 2013
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Great price, wanted for my daughter PE teacher. A very good book at a very good price, very satisfied, thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb 5 Oct 2011
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Very good book about talent identification. Give you a new insight in the problem and very good articles about the theme.
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