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Riding the wave of an expert: A successful talent development environment in kayaking
Institute of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Univerisity of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Center for Sport and Health Science (CIHF).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6198-0784
Institute of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Univerisity of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
2011 (English)In: The Sport psychologist, ISSN 0888-4781, Vol. 25, no 3, 341-362 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The holistic ecological approach to talent development in sport highlights the central role of the overall environment as it affects a prospective elite athlete. This paper examines a flat-water kayak environment inNorwaywith a history of successfully producing top-level senior athletes from among its juniors. Principal methods of data collection include interviews, participant observations of daily life in the environment and analysis of documents. The environment was centered around the relationship between prospects and a community of elite athletes, officially organized as a school team but helping the athletes to focus on their sport goals, teaching the athletes to be autonomous and responsible for their own training, and perceived as very integrated due to a strong and cohesive organizational culture. We argue that the holistic ecological approach opens new venues in talent development research and holds the potential to change how sport psychology practitioners work with prospective elite athletes.The holistic ecological approach to talent development in sport highlights the central role of the overall environment as it affects a prospective elite athlete. This paper examines a flat-water kayak environment in Norway with a history of successfully producing top-level senior athletes from among its juniors. Principal methods of data collection include interviews, participant observations of daily life in the environment and analysis of documents. The environment was centered around the relationship between prospects and a community of elite athletes, officially organized as a school team but helping the athletes to focus on their sport goals, teaching the athletes to be autonomous and responsible for their own training, and perceived as very integrated due to a strong and cohesive organizational culture. We argue that the holistic ecological approach opens new venues in talent development research and holds the potential to change how sport psychology practitioners work with prospective elite athletes. © 2011 Human Kinetics, Inc.

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Champaigne, IL: Human Kinetics , 2011. Vol. 25, no 3, 341-362 p.
Keyword [en]
athletic talent development environment, career transition, group and interpersonal processes, talent development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-16148ISI: 000295797200005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-82555184050OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-16148DiVA: diva2:439015
Available from: 2011-09-06 Created: 2011-09-06 Last updated: 2016-02-26Bibliographically approved

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