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Justine Jones, Kathryn Johnston and Joseph Baker

( Meyer, 1990 ). This may result in becoming academically ineligible to return the following year to athletic competition. Another crucial element noted by these coaches related to the differences in how they approach talent identification from talent selection (i.e., recruitment). C3 noted, I just think

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Óscar Martínez de Quel, Ignacio Ara, Mikel Izquierdo and Carlos Ayán

Objective: To assess the discriminative ability of several fitness dimensions and anthropometric attributes for forecasting competitive success in female karate athletes. Methods: Fitness and anthropometric data from 98 female junior karatekas obtained during the training camps of the Spanish National Karate Federation between 1999 and 2012 were used. Binary logistic-regression models were built to ascertain whether the set of fitness and anthropometric variables could predict future sporting-performance levels. For this purpose, participants were classified as elite (medalist in World or European Championships in the senior category) or subelite (at least a medalist in Spanish National Championships in cadet or junior but not included in the elite group), according to the results achieved up to 2019. Results: Participants who were subsequently classified as elite karatekas showed significant differences in agility, upper- and lower-body muscle power, and general fitness in comparison with those who were classified as subelite in the senior category. A total of 57 junior female karatekas who were subsequently classified as elite (7) or subelite (50) were included in the binary logistic-regression analysis. Resultant models showed significant capacity to predict karate performance. Conclusions: Assessing physical fitness in junior categories can be a useful resource to determine future karate success. Coaches in this sport should pay special attention to the levels of muscle power and agility shown by their athletes, as both fitness dimensions could be indicators of future sportive success.

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António J. Figueiredo, Carlos E. Gonçalves and Antonio Tessitore

Being one of the most prominent globalized sports, soccer played at club, national, and continental levels has a relevant societal role. At present, the specific competencies, interests, and languages of the different actors involved in the selection, development, and support of long-lasting careers of players might limit opportunities for potential talented players. Unless the cultural environment of soccer resolves the gaps between empirical results and actual soccer strategies, scientific discussion relating to the effectiveness of talent selection and development remains limited. This commentary is intended to highlight the need for developmental programs to prepare soccer personnel for a transdisciplinary dialogue, which could foster a future development of this sport. Finally, in considering the wide soccer-related employment opportunities at local, national, and international levels, the need for a clear qualification framework is crucial.

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Jade A.Z. Haycraft, Stephanie Kovalchik, David B. Pyne and Sam Robertson

talent pathway levels, a developing player’s ability to perform functional movements correctly may translate to improved performance in local competitions. Sprint tests may be valid for talent selection into AFL National U16 and National U18 squads, but not at the state level. Furthermore, the AFL

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Conall F. Murtagh, Christopher Nulty, Jos Vanrenterghem, Andrew O’Boyle, Ryland Morgans, Barry Drust and Robert M. Erskine

the neuromuscular components that contribute to unilateral CMJ performance in each direction could allow the prescription of more specific training intervention strategies, understanding which neuromuscular factors determine soccer playing status could potentially inform talent selection and

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Ida S. Svendsen, Espen Tønnesen, Leif Inge Tjelta and Stein Ørn

surprising that there were also no significant differences in cycling efficiency at this age. Carrying out talent selection of athletes at an early age, either before or during puberty, is generally believed to be inexpedient. 18 Performance in early adolescence does not always correlate well with

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Olaf Prieske, Helmi Chaabene, Christian Puta, David G. Behm, Dirk Büsch and Urs Granacher

national talent selection camp that was organized in February 2017 by the German Handball Federation. Participants’ maturity offset was determined by calculating years from peak height velocity (PHV) according to the sex-specific formula introduced by Mirwald et al. 16 All handball players were classified

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capacity that can be identified early, the influence of talent beliefs on athlete development, the different levels of risk for talent selection decisions, biases evident in approaches to athlete selection, the inadequacy of current statistical approaches, the problems with using current performance to

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Raúl Reina, Aitor Iturricastillo, Rafael Sabido, Maria Campayo-Piernas and Javier Yanci

the form of vertical jumping (VJ) has been deemed to be important for optimal performance in football and is considered in testing for fitness variation and talent selection. 2 However, because many activities in football (ie, acceleration capacity and change of direction ability) require a high

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Carlo Castagna, Stefano D’Ottavio, Paolo Roberto Gabrielli and Susana Póvoas

soccer players. Consequently, they may result in a useful benchmark for training control and for talent selection, detection, and development in young female soccer players. The considered field tests may be regarded of interest, as performance in these tests was found to be associated with the