The Need to Consider Relative Age Effects in Women's Talent Development Process

Romann, Michael; Fuchslocher, Jörg (2014). The Need to Consider Relative Age Effects in Women's Talent Development Process Perceptual and Motor Skills, 118(3), pp. 651-662. Sage 10.2466/30.10.PMS.118k24w8

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Relative age effects (RAEs) refer to age differences among athletes in the same selection year. This study analyzed birth date distributions of 301,428 female athletes (aged 10-20 yr.) in Swiss Youth sports and the subgroup (n = 1,177) of the National Talent Development Program (TDP) in individual sports. Comparisons showed significant RAEs in the distribution of athletes' birth dates in alpine skiing, tennis, athletics, fencing, and snowboarding. Significant "reverse" RAEs with an overrepresentation of athletes at the end of the year were found in table tennis. In the TDP, significant RAEs were found in alpine skiing and tennis. No RAEs were detected in athletics. In table tennis, fencing, and snowboarding, "reverse" RAEs were found. Clearly, RAEs are complex and vary across individual sports for females.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen SFISM > EHSM - Leistungssport > Trainingswissenschaft

Name:

Romann, Michael0000-0003-4139-2955 and
Fuchslocher, Jörg

ISSN:

0031-5125 (Print) 1558-688X (Online)

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Admin import user

Date Deposited:

22 Mar 2021 09:31

Last Modified:

22 Mar 2021 09:31

Publisher DOI:

10.2466/30.10.PMS.118k24w8

PubMed ID:

25068738

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Talent development Selection Female soccer Birth date Relative age effect

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.11145

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/11145

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