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Excelling at youth level in competitive track and field athletics is not a prerequisite for later success

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dc.contributor.author Kearney, Philip Edward
dc.contributor.author Hayes, Philip R.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-18T07:54:52Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6971
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Enhancing our understanding of athlete development would be valuable for coaches, parents and administrators to set realistic performance expectations and to advance youth sport policy. To this end, a database of track and field performances was examined. Records of 134,313 performances by athletes aged between 12 and 35 years in sprinting, throwing, jumping and middle distance events were analysed. Results revealed that a minority (Male, 9%; Female, 13%) of top 20 ranked senior athletes were also ranked in the top 20 at Under 13 (U13). These results were supported by the finding that a minority of athletes retained their top 20 ranking at subsequent age grades (36.3% U13-U15; 23% U13-U17; 13% U13-U20; 43.3% U15-U17; 22.1% U15-U20; 41.8% U17-U20). By U20, less than 30% of athletes who had been ranked in the top 20 at U13 were still listed on the national rankings. Examining a broader sample of athletes revealed weak to moderate correlations between performances at different age grades until at least Under 17-Under 20. These findings reinforce the message that excelling at youth level in competitive athletics is not a prerequisite for senior success. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Sports Sciences; 36 (21), pp. 2502-2509
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2018.1465724
dc.rights This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in The Journal of Sports Sciences 2018 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2018.1465724 en_US
dc.subject early specialisation en_US
dc.subject adolescent athlete en_US
dc.subject youth sport en_US
dc.subject youth success en_US
dc.title Excelling at youth level in competitive track and field athletics is not a prerequisite for later success en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2018-07-18T07:42:56Z
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2018.1465724
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2019-04-18
dc.embargo.terms 2019-04-18 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2863437
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal Of Sports Sciences
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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