Participation in non-elite sport in early adulthood: the impact of athletic ability in childhood and adolescence
2015 (English)In: 20 th annual Congress of the European college of Sport Science, (ECSS), 24th - 27th June 2015, Malmö – Sweden: book of abstracts / [ed] Radmann, A., Hedenborg, S., Tsolakidis, E., 2015, 294- p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Introduction Understandings of, explanations to, and predictors of adult participation in organized sport, on the one hand, and expert performances in organized sport as adults on the other hand have received a lot of attention as separate entities by scholars in the areas of sport participation and sport expertise alike. Although scholars in both fields share an interest in tracing explanatory factors and predictors, it is evident that sport participation research has not investigated the impact of factors that are in focus in sport expertise research and vice versa. Thus, in this paper we aim to explore relationships between sport performance during childhood and adolescence and participation in sport in adulthood.
Methods Data were derived from Web-based questionnaires completed by university students between 2005 and 2012. In total, 572 students (290 men and 282 women) completed the questionnaires. These students were at the beginning of their studies in sports science (n=357) and physical education teacher education (n=215). The questionnaire gathered information about the following topics: • Biographical data: date of birth; • Sport debut: age they started to participate in organized club sports; • Sport performance: self-estimated sporting skills and participation in regional talent groups during childhood and adolescence. • Sport involvement: previous and present involvement in organized club sports;
Results Results from questionnaires reveal that early sport debut and date of birth positively correlate to strong sport performances during childhood and being selected for talent groups. These variables, in turn, are positively correlated to strong sport performances during adolescence and being selected for talent groups. Strong sport performances during adolescence do not correlate to expert performance as adults. However, strong sport performances during adolescence are positively correlated to sports club membership as adults.
Discussion These results suggest a need to further explore how factors found to be important for elite sport practice and expert performance, also influence non-elite sport participation in adulthood. Our findings suggest that talent development system selecting children and youth to develop their abilities and to become elite athletes, not only develops potential elite athletes but also shapes the larger recruitment of adults to sport at non-elite levels and participation in general exercise activities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. 294- p.
Sport participation, Relative age effects, talent
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106360ISBN: 978-91-7104-567-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-106360DiVA: diva2:841267
20th annual Congress of the European college of Sport Science, (ECSS), Sustainable Sport, in Malmö, Sweden, June 2015