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Creating optimal environments for talent development
University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health and Sport.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6198-0784
2017 (English)In: Sport psychology: Linking theory to practice: Proceedings of the 14th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology / [ed] G. Si, J. Cruz and J.C. Jaenes, 2017, 242-243 p.Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The holistic ecological approach (HEA) to talent development in sport shifts researchers’ attention from the individual athletes to the broader environment in which they develop. The HEA provides a theoretical grounding, ecologically inferred definitions of talent development, two working models, and methodological guidelines. The HEA highlights two interconnected ways of analyzing athletic talent development environments (ATDE). First, there is a focus on the structure of the environment, particularly the roles and cooperation of key persons. Second, there is a focus on the organizational culture of the team. A number of in-depth case studies of successful talent development environments in Scandinavia have shown that while each environment is unique, they also share a number of features. They are characterized by proximal role modeling; an integration of efforts among the different agents (family, coaches, management etc.); inclusive training groups rather than early selection; a focus on long-term developmental rather than on early success, and a “strong and coherent” organizational culture. Moving from ecological research to ecologically informed practice, we add applied principles and provide an example of how these principles were used in developing a culture for goal directedness in a group of under-17 players in a football academy in Denmark. The case example demonstrates two main ideas: (1) a team’s organizational culture influences the athletes, or in popular terms the characteristics of culture become the character of the athletes; and (2) the coach plays a vital part in creating and maintaining a team culture. Together, the eight common features of successful ATDEs, the case examples, and the applied HEA principles can serve as a guide for practitioners aiming to improve talent development environments in sport.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. 242-243 p.
Keyword [en]
contextually driven sport psychology, football, sport psychology practitioner, holistic ecological approach
National Category
Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-34650ISBN: 978-84-9148-282-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-34650DiVA: diva2:1128183
Conference
The 14th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology, Sevilla, Spain, July 10-14th, 2017
Available from: 2017-07-23 Created: 2017-07-23 Last updated: 2017-08-01Bibliographically approved

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