Examining relative age effects on performance achievement and participation rates in Masters athletes

  title={Examining relative age effects on performance achievement and participation rates in Masters athletes},
  author={Nikola Medic and Janet L. Starkes and Bradley W. Young},
  journal={Journal of Sports Sciences},
  pages={1377 - 1384}
Abstract Although the relative age effect has been widely observed in youth sports (Musch & Grondin, 2001), it is unclear whether it generalizes across the lifespan. The purpose of this study was to examine the relative age effect among a population of Masters athletes using archived data. Two successive studies examined the frequency of record-setting achievements (Study 1) and the frequency of participation entries (Study 2) at the US Masters track-and-field and swimming championships as a… 

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