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Talent Identification & Development

‘Understanding Talent- Coach Connect’
This video by sportscotland provides tips to:
  • help coaches understand what is talent
  • help to identify how this affects athletes and 
  • identify potential challenges and how to mitigate these challenges.
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  Sports Practice Accounts For Just 1% Of Elite Athletes’ Performance Differences
This article suggests that practice accounts for merely 1 percent of the difference in elite athletes performance. The difference could be due to other factors like genetic attributes, such as fast-twitch muscles and maximum blood oxygenation level; cognitive and psychological traits and behaviors--including confidence, performance anxiety, intelligence and working memory capacity. It also discusses on the notion of 10,000 hours of practice and advocates late specialisation... Read More
The 10,000-hour Rule Is Wrong And Perpetuates A Cruel Myth
This article explains that deliberate practice is only one piece of the expertise puzzle and is not necessarily the biggest one. Performance is determined by many other factors such as starting age, biological genes etc... Read More
  Column: Adults Are Ruining Youth Sports
Youth sports are supposed to be enjoyable where the athletes play to have fun. However, parents and coaches are constantly pushing their kids with the aim of attaining an athletic scholarship... Read More
This article introduces bio-banding processes which allow coaches to attain training and competitions equality amongst young athletes of different maturity variances... Read More 
    Dr Sean Cumming | Biological Maturation in Youth Sports: Breaking Biases
Dr Sean Cumming during NYSI's Youth Athlete Development Conference introduces the concept of bio-banding (i.e., maturity matching) and how bio-banding strategies are being used to inform the process of talent identification and development across a range of sports... Read More

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