The prevalence, influential factors and mechanisms of relative age effects in UK Rugby League

  title={The prevalence, influential factors and mechanisms of relative age effects in UK Rugby League},
  author={Kevin Till and Stephen Paul Cobley and Nick Wattie and John P. O’Hara and Carlton Brian Cooke and Chris Chapman},
  journal={Scandinavian Journal of Medicine \& Science in Sports},
Relative age effects (RAEs), reflecting observed inequalities in participation and attainment as a result of annual age‐grouping policies in youth sport, are common in most team sports. The aims of this study were to determine if and when RAEs become apparent in Rugby League, determine how influential variables (e.g., gender) lead and clarify whether player retention at junior representative levels can explain persistent RAEs. Player data were collected for the male and female community games… 

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