The Need to Consider Relative Age Effects in Women's Talent Development Process

  title={The Need to Consider Relative Age Effects in Women's Talent Development Process},
  author={Michael Romann and J{\"o}rg Fuchslocher},
  journal={Perceptual and Motor Skills},
  pages={651 - 662}
Relative age effects (RAEs) refer to age differences among athletes in the same selection year. This study analyzed birth date distributions of 301,428 female athletes (aged 10–20 yr.) in Swiss Youth sports and the subgroup (n = 1,177) of the National Talent Development Program (TDP) in individual sports. Comparisons showed significant RAEs in the distribution of athletes' birth dates in alpine skiing, tennis, athletics, fencing, and snowboarding. Significant “reverse” RAEs with an… 

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