Relative age is associated with sport dropout: evidence from youth categories of French basketball

  title={Relative age is associated with sport dropout: evidence from youth categories of French basketball},
  author={Nicolas Delorme and A{\"i}na Chalabaev and Michel Raspaud},
  journal={Scandinavian Journal of Medicine \& Science in Sports},
The aim of the current research was to investigate the relative age effect (RAE) as a factor of basketball dropout. In order to do so, we examined the distribution of birth dates of young male (n=44 498) and female (n=30 147) French basketball players who have dropped out this sport during or at the end of the 2005–2006 season. χ2 analyses showed an underrepresentation of dropouts among male players born early in the competition year and an overrepresentation among those born late in the “9–10… 

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