Selected sports talent development models

Article Czech OPEN
Michal Vičar (2017)
  • Publisher: Palacký University Olomouc
  • Journal: Tělesná Kultura (issn: 1211-6521, eissn: 1803-8360)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.5507/tk.2016.010
  • Subject: sports talent | skills | flow | peak performance | deliberate play | deliberate practice | Sports | GV557-1198.995 | Sports medicine | RC1200-1245

Background: Sports talent in the Czech Republic is generally viewed as a static, stable phenomena. It stands in contrast with widespread praxis carried out in Anglo-Saxon countries that emphasise its fluctuant nature. This is reflected in the current models describing its development. Objectives: The aim is to introduce current models of talent development in sport. Methods: Comparison and analysing of the following models: Balyi - Long term athlete development model, Côté - Developmental model of sport participation, Csikszentmihalyi - The flow model of optimal expertise, Bailey and Morley - Model of talent development. Conclusion: Current models of sport talent development approach talent as dynamic phenomenon, varying in time. They are based in particular on the work of Simonton and his Emergenic and epigenic model and of Gagné and his Differentiated model of giftedness and talent. Balyi's model is characterised by its applicability and impications for practice. Côté's model highlights the role of family and deliberate play. Both models describe periodization of talent development. Csikszentmihalyi's flow model explains how the athlete acquires experience and develops during puberty based on the structure of attention and flow experience. Bailey and Morley's model accents the situational approach to talent and development of skills facilitating its growth.
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