Biological development, physiological training and long-term athlete potential

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Graham Turner

Research examining elite performance has long been concerned with the physiological (e.g. strength) and kinanthropometric (e.g. height) profiles associated with successful athletes. During the twentieth century empirical data provided coaches with quantifiable and event specific characteristics of success, and subsequent talent identification and development models, (e.g. Talent Search) became underpinned by the notion that the potential for success of an individual could be predicted in childhood through the identification of event or sport specific physical and anthropometric measures.

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