Towards a unified understanding of relative age effects

  title={Towards a unified understanding of relative age effects},
  author={Nick Wattie and Stephen Paul Cobley and Joseph Baker},
  journal={Journal of Sports Sciences},
  pages={1403 - 1409}
Abstract When athletes are placed into annual age groups to organize and coordinate sport participation, certain (dis)advantages occur as a result of the subtle age differences within these groups. These differences, termed “relative age effects”, have been consistently related to youth and adult sport attainment. However, there has been a lack of consistency in the terminology used in this area of research. In this paper, we consider the operational terms used in relative age research, discuss… 

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