Identifying and developing talented athletes to their fullest potential is a central concern of sport scientists, sports coaches, and sports policy makers. The second edition of this popular text offers a state of the science synthesis of current knowledge in talent identification and development in sport, from the biological basis of talent to the systems and processes within sport through which that talent is nurtured.

Written by a team of leading international experts, the book explores key factors and issues in contemporary sport, including:

  • nature and nurture in the development of sporting talent
  • designing optimal developmental environments
  • long-term modelling of athlete development
  • understanding the complexity of talent selection
  • in-depth case studies of successful talent development systems.

With an emphasis on practical implications for all those working in sport, the book offers an authoritative evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary systems for identifying and developing talent in sport. This is important reading for any student, researcher, or practitioner with an interest in skill acquisition, youth sport, elite sport, sports coaching, or sports development.

chapter 1|16 pages

Talent Identification and Development in Sport

An Introduction to a Field of Expanding Research and Practice
ByStephen Cobley, Joseph Baker, Jörg Schorer

part 1|82 pages

Theoretical and Conceptual Models for Understanding Talent Identification and Development

chapter 182|15 pages

Talent Development in Sport

Moving beyond Nature and Nurture
ByJoseph Baker, Bradley W. Young

chapter 3|16 pages

The Talent Development Process as Enhancing Athlete Functionality

Creating Forms of Life in an Ecological Niche
ByMartyn Rothwell, Keith Davids, Joseph Stone, Duarte Araújo, Richard Shuttleworth

chapter 4|16 pages

Talent Selection

Making Decisions and Prognoses about Athletes
ByFranziska Lath, Ruud den Hartigh, Nick Wattie, Jörg Schorer

chapter 5|15 pages

One Day at a Time

Steps to Optimising the Daily Training Environment for Talent Development
ByTim Buszard, Michael Maloney, Lyndon Krause, Luca Oppici

chapter 6|18 pages

The Shifting Sands of Time

Maturation and Athlete Development
ByStephen Cobley, Michael Romann, Marie Javet, Shaun Abbott, Ric Lovell

part 2|104 pages

International Case Studies of Talent Identification and Development

chapter 7|15 pages

Athlete Development in Norwegian Handball

ByChristian Thue Bjørndal, Lars Tore Ronglan

chapter 8|15 pages

Finding Talent and Establishing the Road to Excellence in Table Tennis

The Dutch Case
ByIrene Faber, Titus Damsma, Johan Pion

chapter 9|15 pages

The Role of Skill Acquisition Specialists in Talent Development

ByRoss A. Pinder, Michael Maloney, Ian Renshaw, Sian Barris

chapter 10|13 pages

Rough Draft

The Accuracy of Athlete Selection in North American Professional Sports
ByLou Farah, Joseph Baker

chapter 11|12 pages

High Speed on the Ice

Talent Development in Dutch Long Track Speed Skating
ByInge Stoter, Marije T. Elferink-Gemser

chapter 12|14 pages

‘Wide and Emergent – Narrow and Focussed’

A Dual-Pathway Approach to Talent Identification and Development in England Rugby Union
ByKevin Till, Don Barrell, John Lawn, Ben Lazenby, Andy Rock, Stephen Cobley

chapter 13|13 pages

How Similarities and Differences between Sports Lead to Talent Transfer

A Process Approach
ByJohan Pion, Jan Willem Teunissen, Stijn ter Welle, Gwennyth Spruijtenburg, Irene Faber, Matthieu Lenoir

chapter 14|6 pages

More Lessons Learned

Future Research in Talent Identification and Development
ByJoseph Baker, Stephen Cobley, Jörg Schorer