Second chances: Investigating athletes’ experiences of talent transfer

MacNamara, Á., orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8110-6784 and Collins, D. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7601-0454 (2015) Second chances: Investigating athletes’ experiences of talent transfer. PLoS ONE, 10 (11). e0143592. ISSN 1932-6203

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Talent transfer initiatives seek to transfer talented, mature individuals from one sport to another. Unfortunately talent transfer initiatives seem to lack an evidence-based direction and a rigorous exploration of the mechanisms underpinning the approach. The purpose of this exploratory study was to identify the factors which successfully transferring athletes cite as facilitative of talent transfer. In contrast to the anthropometric and performance variables that underpin current talent transfer initiatives, participants identified a range of psychobehavioral and environmental factors as key to successful transfer. We argue that further research into the mechanisms of talent transfer is needed in order to provide a strong evidence base for the methodologies employed in these initiatives.

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