The Shifting Sands of Time: Maturation and Athlete Development

Cobley, Stephen; Romann, Michael; Javet, Marie; Abbott, Shaun; Lovell, Ric (2020). The Shifting Sands of Time: Maturation and Athlete Development In: Baker, Joseph; Cobley, Stephen; Schorer, Jörg (eds.) Talent Identification and Development in Sport. New York: Taylor & Francis

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To help sports organisations and their practitioners understand the influences of growth and maturation on youth athletes, this chapter has several objectives. First, the potential inter-individual variability in growth and maturational development across and within chronological ages is explained. To assist, a conceptual model demonstrating growth and maturation-associated changes over time is provided. Second, relationships between physical maturation and facets of athletic performance are highlighted. How these relationships lead to systematic biases in athlete evaluation and selection are described. Third, the implication to better consider growth and maturational differences, and measurement issues are discussed to better inform physical assessment of athletes.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


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


Cobley, Stephen;
Romann, Michael0000-0003-4139-2955;
Javet, Marie;
Abbott, Shaun;
Lovell, Ric;
Baker, Joseph;
Cobley, Stephen and
Schorer, Jörg




Taylor & Francis




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12 Apr 2021 15:12

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12 Apr 2021 15:12

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Relative age effect Sport Maturation Athlete Development


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