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IAS lecture: To develop or not to develop - research & applied perspective on talent in elite sport

  • 27 February 2019
  • 1:30pm
  • SCH101, Schofield Building

About this event

Speaker: Professor Paul Wylleman, Vrije Universitiet, Brussels

Using a holistic perspective, this presentation will address the challenges that talented athletes may face when confronted with transitions at six different domains of development: athletic, psychological, psychosocial, academic/vocational, financial and legal. 

These will include, for example: starting in an academy, the junior-to-senior transition, combining a dual career of study and elite sport, or first participation in the Olympic Games. 
Secondly, an overview will be given of competencies (e.g.resilience, cognitive readiness, self-regulation) talented athletes could develop and the support required to them in order to establish and sustain their ‘whole person’ development. 
Thirdly, the role coaches and other experts (such as psychologists, performance lifestyle coaches and dual career support providers) play in the development of talented athletes will be described.
Specific recommendations will then be formulated regarding research on talent development and the provision of applied support to talented athletes.

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