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Andrew J.A. Hall, Leigh Jones and Russell J.J. Martindale

, 2008 ; Henriksen, Stambulova, & Roessler, 2010 ; Holt & Dunn, 2004 ; Larsen, Alfermann, Henriksen, & Christensen, 2013 ; Martindale, Collins, & Daubney, 2005 ; Mills et al., 2014 ; Pankhurst, Collins, & Macnamara, 2013 ; Webster, Hardy, & Hardy, 2017 ). The Talent Development Environment

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Kristoffer Henriksen, Natalia Stambulova and Kirsten Kaya Roessler

The holistic ecological approach to talent development in sport highlights the central role of the overall environment as it affects a prospective elite athlete. This paper examines a flat-water kayak environment in Norway with a history of successfully producing top-level senior athletes from among its juniors. Principal methods of data collection include interviews, participant observations of daily life in the environment and analysis of documents. The environment was centered around the relationship between prospects and a community of elite athletes, officially organized as a school team but helping the athletes to focus on their sport goals, teaching the athletes to be autonomous and responsible for their own training, and perceived as very integrated due to a strong and cohesive organizational culture. We argue that the holistic ecological approach opens new venues in talent development research and holds the potential to change how sport psychology practitioners work with prospective elite athletes.

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Michelle Seanor, Robert J. Schinke, Natalia B. Stambulova, Kristoffer Henriksen, Dave Ross and Cole Giffin

athlete-development outcomes. Martindale, Collins, and Daubney ( 2005 ) expanded discussions from an individual to an environmental perspective in talent development and coined the term talent development environment . They redirected researchers’ attention away from the role of isolated social agents

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Jamie Taylor and Dave Collins

that he was lacking” (R). A similar issue arose when a steep step change in demands proved too much for the player: “I think the jump in demands and pressure was just too sudden. One minute he looked really good; the next he was under pressure” (F). Talent-development environments were also identified

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Fleur E.C.A. van Rens, Erika Borkoles, Damian Farrow and Remco C.J. Polman

-Hall . Henriksen , K. , Stambulova , N. , & Roessler , K.K. ( 2010a ). Holistic approach to athletic talent development environments: A successful sailing milieu . Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 11 , 212 – 222 . doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2009.10.005 10.1016/j.psychsport.2009.10.005 Henriksen , K

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Stephen Macdonald and Justine Allen

& Fonseca, 2016 ; Mills, Butt, Maynard, & Harwood, 2012 ), however, the importance of the talent development environment (TDE) and the coach’s central influence within it, have been consistently documented (e.g.,  Henriksen, Stambulova, & Roessler, 2011 ; International Council for Coaching Excellence

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Martyn Rothwell, Joseph Stone and Keith Davids

microsystems in the form of players transitioning between community clubs and talent development environments (mesosystem) presented challenges for talent development coaches. In some instances players would move between coaching environments that valued different pedagogical approaches to providing

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Chris G. Harwood and Sam N. Thrower

approaches ( Bronfenbrenner, 2005 ) and the recognition that young athletes lie at the center of complex social systems, researchers have focused on the quality of talent-development environments ( Henriksen, Stambulova, & Roessler, 2010 ; Martindale, Collins, & Daubney, 2005 ) and an understanding of the

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Steve M. Smith, Stewart T. Cotterill and Hazel Brown

: Cambridge University Press . Henriksen , K. , Stambulova , N. , & Roessler , K.K. ( 2010 ). Holistic approach to athletic talent development environments: A successful sailing milieu . Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 11 ( 3 ), 212 – 222 . doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2009.10.005 10.1016/j

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Chunxiao Li, Ngai Kiu Wong, Raymond K.W. Sum and Chung Wah Yu

. Asian Journal of Exercise & Sports Science, 7 , 35 – 41 . Li , C. , Wang , C.K.J. , & Pyun , D.Y. ( 2017 ). Impacts of talent development environments on athlete burnout: A self-determination perspective . Journal of Sports Sciences, 35 , 1838 – 1845 . doi:10