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Citation

Schorer J, Wattie N, Baker JR. PLoS One 2013; 8(4): e60336.

Affiliation

Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Muenster, Münster, Germany ; School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, Toronto, Canada.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2013, Public Library of Science)

DOI

10.1371/journal.pone.0060336

PMID

23637745

Abstract

In this manuscript we argue for a broader use of the term 'relative age effect' due to the influence of varying development policies on the development of sport expertise. Two studies are presented on basis of data from Schorer, et al. [1]. The first showed clear 'constant year effects' in the German handball talent development system. A shift in year groupings for the female athletes resulted in a clear shift of birth year patterns. In the second study we investigated whether the constant year effect in the national talent development system carried over to professional handball. No patterns were observable. Together both studies show that a differentiation of varying effects that often happen simultaneously is necessary to understand the secondary mechanisms behind the development of sport expertise.


Language: en

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