The psychology of bio-banding: a Vygotskian perspective

  title={The psychology of bio-banding: a Vygotskian perspective},
  author={Megan Hill and Amy Spencer and Darragh McGee and Sam Scott and Malcolm Frame and Sean P. Cumming},
  journal={Annals of Human Biology},
  pages={328 - 335}
Abstract Context Bio-banding is the process of grouping players by their maturational status rather than chronological age. It is designed to limit the impact of maturational timing on talent identification and development and expose early and late maturing players to new learning experiences and challenges. A common criticism of bio-banding is that it does not consider age related differences in psychosocial and behaviour development. Objective The purpose of this case study is to describe how… 

Bio-banding in soccer: Past, present, and future.

Maturity-related selection biases are engrained within professional academy soccer programmes. The process of grouping of children by biological maturity ("bio-banding"), rather than age is not new.

Revisiting youth player development in Australian Rules Football: Is there a place for bio-banding?

Within a group of adolescent Australian Rules Football (ARF) players, individuals of the same chronological age can differ greatly in biological maturation, with some players maturing vastly earlier

Athlete perceptions of playing-up in youth soccer

Abstract A common practice in sport is to play-up youth athletes who are highly skilled against chronologically older peers. However, the potential effects of playing-up on youth’s athletic and

Can discreet performance banding, as compared to bio-banding, discriminate technical skills in male adolescent soccer players? A preliminary investigation

Maturation-related changes in body dimensions and performance can lead to physical mismatches and drop out from youth sport. Here, we propose a new method termed ‘discreet performance banding’ (DPB).

The effects of maturity matched and un-matched opposition on physical performance and spatial exploration behavior during youth basketball matches

Based on present findings, practitioners can select the most suitable game format, considering the physical, technical, tactical, and psychological development needs, individualizing training stimulus.

Successful Young Athletes Have Low Probability of Being Ranked Among the Best Senior Athletes, but This Is Higher When Compared to Their Less Successful Peers

Background Contemporary research has shown that only a small proportion of high achieving young athletes continue to become successful senior athletes. However, there is a lack of empirical

Physical activity and growth

Human biology of physical activity in the growing child

It is now established, without a doubt, that physical activity is essential for the physical and mental health of the growing child and Globally, however, health in the developing world is still poorly understood.



Bio-Banding in Youth Sports: Background, Concept, and Application

The historical basis of the concept of maturity-matching and its relevance to youth sport, the potential utility of bio-banding for appropriate training loads, injury prevention, and fitness assessment merits closer attention, specifically during the interval of pubertal growth.

Bio-banding in academy football: player’s perceptions of a maturity matched tournament

Bio-banding may facilitate development for both early and late maturing academy players by presenting new learning environments and challenges by providing new opportunities and challenges.

Talent Identification in Soccer: The Role of Maturity Status on Physical, Physiological and Technical Characteristics

The purpose of this paper is to provide a review around talent identification in soccer using physiological and technical testing procedures, and to summarise the issues associated with this process.

Premier League academy soccer players’ experiences of competing in a tournament bio-banded for biological maturation

Premier League academy players’ experiences of participating in a tournament bio-banded for biological maturation are investigated andBio-banding strategies appear to contribute positively towards the holistic development of young soccer players.

Effects of Bio-Banding upon Physical and Technical Performance during Soccer Competition: A Preliminary Analysis

Results demonstrated that bio-banded competition changed the technical demand placed upon athletes compared to chronological competition, without reducing the physical demands.

Unequal Competition as an Impediment to Personal Development: A Review of the Relative Age Effect in Sport☆

Abstract Children born shortly before the cutoff date for age grouping in youth sport programs suffer from being promoted to higher age groups earlier than their later-born peers. Skewed birthdate

Maturity, Physical Ability, Technical Skill and Coaches' Perception of Semi-Elite Adolescent Australian Footballers.

Despite no differences in skill tests, earlier maturing athletes may be afforded significant selection and competition advantages due to advanced physical capacities and coaches' perceptions of skill.

A biocultural model of maturity-associated variance in adolescent physical activity

A model for adolescent involvement in physical activity (PA) that incorporates individual differences in biological maturation is presented. The biocultural model of maturity-associated variance in

Extended Book Review: The Sports Coach as Educator: Reconceptualising Sports Coaching

OVERVIEW This book is based on the premise that “coaching is fundamentally intertwined with teaching and learning within given situational constraints” (p. xiv) and it addresses “both practical and

Characteristics of youth soccer players aged 13–15 years classified by skill level

Adolescent soccer players aged 13–15 years classified by skill do not differ in age, experience, body size, speed and power, but differ in aerobic endurance, specifically at the extremes of skill.