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Graham G. Williams and Áine MacNamara

England has committed to investing approximately £85 million for the 2017–2021 funding cycle into the England talent systems ( Sport England, 2018 ). This expenditure highlights the considerable emphasis placed on providing youth athletes with a structured talent pathway as a means of developing “athletes

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Jamie Taylor and Dave Collins

, 2006 ). Thus, when working with the young people who tend to populate talent pathways and who also tend to be highly motivated and committed to their sport (at least the ones who make it—cf. Taylor & Collins, 2019 ), significant cognitive disruption can take place as a result of what might externally

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Richard Bailey and David Collins

Despite evident differences between approaches to talent development, many share a set of common characteristics and presumptions. We call this the Standard Model of Talent Development (SMTD). This model is articulated and the relevant literature drawn out to highlight the model's strengths and weaknesses. The SMTD has been enormously influential, in terms of both policy documentation and practice, and it retains an obvious common sense appeal. However, we will argue that not only is its attractiveness illusionary and inconsistent to the emerging evidence base from research, but it is also undesirable from a variety of perspectives and desired outcomes. In short, we suggest that the most common system for identifying talent is unsubstantiated from both a process and an outcome perspective.

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Jamie Taylor and Dave Collins

translate into eventual elite status ( Abbott & Collins, 2004 ; Collins, MacNamara, & McCarthy, 2016a ; Gulbin, Weissensteiner, Oldenziel, & Gagne, 2013 ; Vaeyens, Güllich, Warr, & Philippaerts, 2009 ). Indeed, talent pathways across both Olympic and professional team sport have been shown to have a

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In the article Taylor, J., & Collins, D. (2020). The highs and the lows—Exploring the nature of optimally impactful development experiences on the talent pathway. The Sport Psychologist, 34 (4), 319–328, https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2020-0034 , on page 3 the authors referred to Jack Mezirow

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

(2) the talent pathway. 3 The former includes teams from local competition, private schools, and school sport academies, while the latter comprises State/National Under (U) 16 and U18 squads. 4 Physical fitness of talent pathway players is tested annually at the AFL State and National U16 and U18

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Jamie Salter, Mark B.A. De Ste Croix, Jonathan D. Hughes, Matthew Weston, and Christopher Towlson

development scheme legislation (policy). 3 , 4 Elite Player Performance Pathway (EPPP) 3 and Football Association (FA) Women’s Talent Pathway for Regional Talent Clubs (RTC) 4 policy provide recommendations for multifaceted components of player development, including minimum weekly training time, staff

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Jamie Taylor, Dave Collins, and Andrew Cruickshank

essence, the most impactful feedback will be future-orientated, reflecting a level of coherence throughout a talent pathway and focused on the long-term goals of the performer. Notably, feedback of this nature should offer performers the opportunity to actively use feedback and develop the capacity to

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Robin Pla, Arthur Leroy, Yannis Raineteau, and Philippe Hellard

races, and age: long-term athlete development in elite female swimmers . PLoS One . 2020 ; 15 ( 11 ): e0242442 . PubMed ID: 33206722 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0242442 33206722 5. Born DP , Lomax I , Horvath S , et al . Competition-based success factors during the talent pathway of elite male

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

sampling to recruit national basketball talent scouts as a discrete group of informants because of their likely capacity to provide in-depth information on all aspects of the basketball talent pathway. We then adopted stepwise replication and peer examination to determine dependability. Here, each author