publication . Thesis . 2017

Does the Relative Age Effect Exist in Elite Sport? An Analysis of Olympic Competition

Wingfield, Kathryn McGhee;
Open Access
  • Published: 13 Jun 2017
  • Publisher: Virginia Tech
  • Country: United States
Studies have concluded that youth sports programs have a bias selection process in identifying player talent. Athletes that are identified as talented are more likely to be born in the first three months after the eligibility cut-off for a program's particular age group. This is referred to as the relative age effect (RAE) and has been identified in many youth sports. However, it is not known if the RAE carries over into elite, adult competition. The purpose of this study was to determine if the RAE exists in Olympic competition and to compare the RAE between genders, team vs individual sports, weight class vs non-weight class sports, and medalists vs non-medali...
free text keywords: sport, youth, Olympics, development, exercise, talent identification
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