Talent Identification And Development In Youth Sport

Authored by: Steve Cobley

Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415840033
eBook ISBN: 9780203795002
Adobe ISBN: 9781134469932


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Developmental science attempts to describe, explain and optimize the intra and inter-individual biological, psychological, social and behavioural changes that occur across the life span, including childhood and youth (Damon, 2004; Lerner, Fisher and Weinberg, 2000). This field emerged, in part, to address the limitations, dualistic tensions and the impasse arising from the nature and nurture perspectives put forward to account for development. These limitations include an inability to adequately explain the diversity of individual differences, such as psychological resilience versus frailty (Feldman et al., 2004) as well as other existential outcomes and experiences that occur across the life-course, and which can result from inappropriate development, such as compromised health (Gottlieb et al., 2006; Overton, 2006). Other limitations stem from the use of reductionist as opposed to multi-disciplinary research paradigms.

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