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Successful talent development in track and field: Considering the role of environment
Institute of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6198-0784
Institute of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, ISSN 0905-7188, E-ISSN 1600-0838, Vol. 20, no Suppl.2, p. 122-132Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Track and field includes a number of high intensity disciplines with many demanding practices and represents a motivational challenge for talented athletes aiming to make a successful transition to the senior elite level. Based on a holistic ecological approach, this study presents an analysis of a particular athletic talent development environment (ATDE) in track and field, the IFK Växjö track and field club, and examines key factors behind its successful history of creating top level athletes. The research takes the form of a case study. Data were collected from multiple perspectives (in-depth interviews with administrators, coaches and athletes), from multiple situations (observation of training, competitions and meetings) and from the analysis of documents. The environment was characterized by a high degree of cohesion, by the organization of athletes and coaches into groups and teams, and by the important role given to elite athletes. A strong organizational culture, characterized by values of open co-operation, by a focus on performance process and by a whole person approach, provided an important basis for the environment’s success. The holistic ecological approach encourages practitioners to broaden their focus beyond the individual in their efforts to help talented junior athletes make a successful transition to elite senior level.

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Copenhagen: Munksgaard Forlag, 2010. Vol. 20, no Suppl.2, p. 122-132
Keywords [en]
Athletic talent development environment, Organizational culture, Sport psychology
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-4876DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2010.01187.xISI: 000281717600015PubMedID: 20840570Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77956488947OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-4876DiVA, id: diva2:325476
Available from: 2010-06-18 Created: 2010-06-18 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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