Season of birth distribution of elite tennis players

  title={Season of birth distribution of elite tennis players},
  author={Susan Edgar and Peter G. O'Donoghue},
  journal={Journal of Sports Sciences},
  pages={1013 - 1020}
In many competitive sports, the use of a cut-off date for junior competition has been associated with a skewed birth date distribution in junior and senior players. The International Tennis Federation uses a junior competition year that commences on 1 January. The purpose of the current investigation was to describe the birth date distribution of 448 elite senior tennis players and 476 elite junior tennis players. There was a significant season of birth bias among elite senior players (P  < 0… 

Performance in male and female elite tennis across season of birth

It is suggested that season of birth effects on performance might operate for women but not for men when comparing highly selected populations such as the best tennis players in the world.

Relative age effect on elite tennis strategy

Relative age influences participation in professional tennis. The purpose of the current investigation was to compare the %net points played between players born in the first 6 months of the calendar

Relative age effect on elite tennis strategy for players born before and after 1st January 1985

Relative age influences participation in professional tennis. The purpose of the current investigation was to compare the %net points played between players born in the first 6 months of the calendar

Evidence of the relative age effect in football in Australia

The birth date distributions of elite male and female footballers in Australia, from junior youth (age 14 and upwards) to senior (professional) players, were examined. A statistically significant

Evidence of the relative age effect in football in Australia

A statistically significant relative age effect was found among junior male players, reducing in effect with increasing age, and it is conjectured that this might lead to players born in certain years having a curtailed pathway in the elite game, leading to drop-out among this very elite group.

Relative age effect in junior tennis (male)

Background: The issues of the age effect (the theory of the age influence) have been shown in sport sciences since the 1980s. The theory of age effect works on the assumption that athletes born in

Relative age effect in female sport: a diachronic examination of soccer players

This study investigated the whole sample of female soccer players affiliated to the French Soccer Federation for the 2006–2007 season, and found a significantly biased distribution of dropout players' birthdates was found for the <10, <14, and <17 categories.

The relative age effect in top 100 elite female tennis players in 2007–2016

The Relative Age Effect (RAE) has been the subject of many studies, but few have focused on professional athletes in individual sports. The aim of this study was to verify the existence of the RAE

Relative age effect of Olympic athletes in Beijing 2008

Research on expert performance field revealed a strong trend in the association of the birth dates of elite athletes to the first trimesters of the year (Wattie, Cobley & Baker, 2008). The aim of

Relative age effect amongst footballers in the English Premier League and English Football League, 2010-2011

Many studies have shown that a relative age effect exists in different sports – that is to say, birth dates of participants in particular sports are skewed towards the start of the competitive



“Born to Play Ball” The Relative Age Effect and Major League Baseball

The records of 837 major league baseball players were examined in order to determine whether the Little League age eligibility criterion, based on the month of birth, affected participation rate at

Season-of-birth bias in association football

It is concluded that there is indeed a bias towards selecting older children in boys selected for the Football Association National School, and analysis of separate data revealed a shift of bias when comparing two different start dates, namely September and January.

The Relative Age Effect in Soccer: Cross-Cultural Evidence for a Systematic Discrimination against Children Born Late in the Competition Year

Previous findings of skewed birth date distributions among sports professionals have been interpreted as evidence for a systematic discrimination against children born shortly before the cut-off date

How do season of birth and length of schooling affect children's attainment at key stage 1?

Summary A review of previous studies identifies three main hypotheses to explain the general finding that summer‐born children perform less well than their autumn‐born classmates. This article

Lifespan depends on month of birth

  • G. DoblhammerJ. Vaupel
  • Medicine
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 2001
Differences in adult lifespan by month of birth decrease over time and are significantly smaller in more recent cohorts, which benefited from substantial improvements in maternal and infant health.

Season of Birth in Man. Contemporary Situation with Special Reference to Europe and the Southern Hemisphere

The season of birth in man appears to be meteorologically controlled though minor minima of cultural origin are also apparent. The chance of conception may be tempera- ture dependent. The periodicity

Sport motivation among young adolescents in Finland, Norway and Sweden

It is implied that health promotion programmes aimed at increasing the level of physical activity among children would be more effective if physical activities and games were designed with pro‐social objectives in mind, emphasizing cooperation, fun and sharing.

Pygmalion in Youth Sport: A Field Study

To determine whether the “pygmalion effect” operated in youth sport, a total sample of 14 coaches and 71 male youth league basketball players ranging in age from 8 to 12 were evaluated in

Perception of physical education classes among young adolescents: do physical education classes provide equal opportunities to all students?

The main finding was that a majority of students liked physical education classes, and Physical education classes seemed to offer the less socially resourceful minority the same opportunities for positive experience with physical activity as the resourceful majority.

Non-Invasive Measurements of Physical Maturity in Children

Serial data for 268 normal children have been used to calculate predicted adult statures without using skeletal age, and these predicted values are significantly correlated with accepted measures of physical maturity from 5 to 15 years in boys, and from 3 to 13 years in girls.