The role of a relative age effect in the first winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012

@article{Raschner2012TheRO,
  title={The role of a relative age effect in the first winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012},
  author={C. Raschner and L. M{\"u}ller and C. Hildebrandt},
  journal={British Journal of Sports Medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={46},
  pages={1038 - 1043}
}
Background Owing to the separation into age groups at the first winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG), athletes differed in age by up to two years, leading to a potential relative age effect (RAE). Objective The purpose of this study was to define the role of the RAE in the first winter YOG with regard to sex, type of sport and performance. Methods The birth dates and anthropometric data of all 1021 athletes (557 male, 464 female, 14–19 years old) participating in 15 sports were analysed. A χ2 test… Expand

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