Determinants of drop-out in youth basketball: an interdisciplinary approach

Soares, André L. A., Kós, Luísa D., Paes, Roberto R., Nascimento, Juarez V., Collins, David John orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7601-0454, Gonçalves, Carlos E. and Carvalho, Humberto M. (2020) Determinants of drop-out in youth basketball: an interdisciplinary approach. Research in Sports Medicine, 28 (1). pp. 84-98. ISSN 1543-8627

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Using an interdisciplinary approach, we examined the baseline variation in biological maturity status, training experience, body size, functional capacities (Line Drill test and Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery level 1 test) and motivation for achievement, competitiveness and deliberate practice of youth basketball players according to their participation status in the sport two years after assessment. Fifty-seven players were considered (10.5 to 15.5 years). Two years later we ascertained whether players discontinued participation (dropout), or remained playing engaged within a structured basketball training program. Taller adolescent players were more likely to be selected/promoted in youth basketball regardless of their lower functional capacity. Achievement and competitiveness motivation (will to excel and competitiveness) were related to dropping out or persisting in this sample of youth basketball players. Overall, there is a need to consider the interaction between physical growth, biological maturation, functional capacities and behavioural characteristics, specifically among players on the path to sport expertise.

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