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.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 348 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
"Whatever your role - manager, coach, parent or performer - making the most of the talent development process is always complex and challenging. Therefore it is good to get a clear and concise road map to work from, and this book offers that. Dave and Aine have a wealth of experience as managers, coaches and parents. They bring knowledge as researchers and practitioners, offering a considered and well-informed but also clear and readable coverage of the development process, stage by stage. This is an informative and useful read that you can go back to time and again as a reference." - Neil Bath, Head of Youth Development, Chelsea FC