Talent development: A practitioner’s guide

Collins, D., orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7601-0454 and MacNamara, Á. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8110-6784 (2017) Talent development: A practitioner’s guide. Routledge. ISBN 9781138672536

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The process of talent development (TD) is essential to success in any sport. Drawing on the latest evidence and a considerable experience base, this book dispels myths about talent development and offers practical advice on the TD pathway from pre-school to elite level. Aimed at practitioners and other stakeholders involved in the TD process – including coaches, scientists, administrators, educators, students, parents, policy makers and senior development athletes – this is the only up-to-date practical guide to TD in sport.

Written by experts with more than 20 years’ experience in TD training, coaching and research, it covers key topics from deliberate practice and fundamental movement skills to designing and managing a TD pathway. It also includes contributions from professionals working in a wide range of sports, providing real-world insights into important topics including:
•the recruitment process
•academy and apprenticeship preparation
•the coach–athlete relationship
•what to do to stay ahead
•considerations for parents and coaches.
Talent Development: A Practitioner Guide is an indispensable resource for all those interested in talent identification, talent development and coaching practice in elite sport.

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