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Sports Coaches’ Athlete Talent Mindset and Views Regarding Talent Identification in Norway

Dag André Nilsen, Thorsteinn Sigurjonsson, Anne Marte Pensgaard, and Stiliani “Ani” Chroni

these underlying beliefs may influence their goals, beliefs, and behaviours regarding talent identification and development. Within the sports context, a recent meta-analytic review by Vella et al. ( 2016 ) substantiated how individuals’ mindsets lead to the pursuit of different goals. These findings

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Early Specialization and Critical Periods in Acquiring Expertise: A Comparison of Traditional Versus Detection Talent Identification in Team GB Cycling at London 2012

Toby Staff, Fernand Gobet, and Andrew Parton

Talent identification attempts to identify factors that collectively predict an individual’s future performance potential, selecting the best candidates for advanced training. Since the late 1990s, British Cycling received funding through the U.K. National Lottery and commercial sponsorship from

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Talent Identification in Youth Basketball: Talent Scouts’ Perceptions of the Key Attributes for Athlete Development

Paul Larkin, Madison Sanford, Scott Talpey, Adam D. Gorman, and Matthew J. Reeves

Talent identification processes are commonly employed in the sporting domain with the aim of developing future elite-level performers. However, the process is complex with coaches and talent scouts using a variety of physiological, technical, tactical, psychological, and performance assessments to

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Talent Identification in Youth Ice Hockey: Exploring “Intangible” Player Characteristics

Ryan W. Guenter, John G.H. Dunn, and Nicholas L. Holt

Talent identification (TID) is the process of identifying individuals with the potential to excel in a given domain ( Williams & Reilly, 2000 ). A feature of the TID process in many North American sports is the draft system, a player-selection process designed to equitably allocate the playing

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To See or Not to See: Talent Identification in the Swedish Football Association

Stefan Lund and Tor Söderström

The purpose of this article is to explore whether context and coaching cultures influence coaches’ practical experience and their unarticulated and embodied knowledge, and thus their different ways of seeing and defining talent. Using a cultural sociological perspective, we challenge the commonly held assumption that talent identification is, or can be made into, a rational and objective process. Our interpretations and analyses are based upon interviews with 15 soccer coaches in four districts within the Swedish Football Association’s talent organization program. The results imply that coaches’ talent identification is guided by what feels “right in the heart and stomach”; but what feels right is greatly influenced by their experience of previous identifications, interpretations of what elite soccer entails, and the coaching culture in which they find themselves.

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“An Eye for Talent”: Talent Identification and the “Practical Sense” of Top-Level Soccer Coaches

Mette Krogh Christensen

The purpose of this study is to explore how top-level soccer coaches identify talent. I draw on Bourdieu’s work to challenge a commonly held assumption that talent identification is a rational or objective process. Analysis of in-depth interviews with eight coaches of national youth soccer teams indicated these coaches identified talent in three ways. First, coaches use their practical sense and their visual experience to recognize patterns of movement among the players. Second, the coaches’ classificatory schemes are characterized by their preference for so-called “autotelic” players, that is, players that, from the coaches’ perspective, exhibit a potential to learn, practice, and improve. Third, the study shows that talent, of which the coaches act as arbiters of taste, is socially configured in top-level soccer.

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Embedded, Embodied, Enculturated, and Enabling Processes: The Identification and Evaluation of Sporting Talent by Ice Hockey Coaches in Norwegian Youth National Teams

Stian Røsten, Stig Arve Sæther, Nils Petter Aspvik, and Christian Thue Bjørndal

Elite sports systems are characterized by attempts to identify, select, and develop talented athletes and to increase the likelihood that athletes will achieve future international success ( Weissensteiner, 2017 ). The extensive processes and apparatuses of sport talent identification have expanded

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Can Genetic Testing Predict Talent? A Case Study of 5 Elite Athletes

Craig Pickering and John Kiely

United Kingdom, 67% of athletes and 48% of support staff stated that genetic testing would form a valuable addition to talent identification processes within their sport, 10 suggesting that there is an appetite for such information within the sports performance world. Despite this apparent enthusiasm

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“I Can’t Teach You to Be Taller”: How Canadian, Collegiate-Level Coaches Construct Talent in Sport

Justine Jones, Kathryn Johnston, and Joseph Baker

may help coaches throughout the talent identification and talent development processes ( Koz, Fraser-Thomas, & Baker, 2012 ). How one views talent ultimately impacts their perceptions of what skills encompass a talented athlete, as well as their approach to how these skills are developed. Therefore

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The Influence of Recruitment Age and Anthropometric and Physical Characteristics on the Development Pathway of English Academy Football Players

Mark R. Noon, Emma L.J. Eyre, Matthew Ellis, Tony D. Myers, Rhys O. Morris, Peter D. Mundy, Ryan Penny, and Neil D. Clarke

Currently, ∼2.5 million boys engage in grassroots football in England and Wales, of which ∼12,000 players are selected to play in academies at professional clubs, highlighting the scale of the talent-identification and -development process. 1 Furthermore, the high attrition rates (>75%) of players