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Talent identification and development in youth rugby players: A research review

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dc.contributor.author Spamer, Emanuel J (Manie) en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-04T15:34:38Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-04T15:34:38Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.citation SPAMER, E.J.M. 2009. Talent identification and development in youth rugby players: A research review. South African journal for research in sport, physical education and recreation = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir navorsing in sport, liggaamlike opvoeding en ontspanning, 31(2):109-118, Oct. [http://academic.sun.ac.za/sajrsper/home.htm] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0379-9069
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/3286
dc.description.abstract Several South African studies were conducted during the past twelve years (1995 to 2007) as part of a research project on Talent Identification and Development. The main objective of this project was to compile the profile of a potential talented and elite youth rugby player, primarily within the conceptual research model proposed by Salmela and Régnier (1983). Hundreds of elite youth rugby players, within the age range 10 to 19 years old, were tested on several anthropometric, physical and motor abilities, game specific skills, and injury epidemiology. The research project was extended to England and New Zealand, and the data compared with that of South African teams. Other possible variables of talent identification, including proprioception, balance, plyometric strength, injuries, and ethical behaviour, were also investigated. The aim of this research review is to provide scientific evidence concerning the profile of an elite youth rugby player, thereby providing variables, assessment tools, and recommendations to coaches, selectors, administrators, and scouts, which may be used in the identification, selection, and development of future elite rugby players. Hopefully, this research review will furthermore stimulate future research on talent identification and development within youth team sport
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dc.publisher University of Stellenbosch
dc.title Talent identification and development in youth rugby players: A research review en_US


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