Athlete development

Authored by: Jean Côté , Karl Erickson

Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138022423
eBook ISBN: 9781315777054
Adobe ISBN: 9781317692324


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If we are to design successful sport programs that promote athletes’ development we must agree first on what constitutes “development” in sport and then consider the integrative temporal and relational variables that lead to successful development. The first section of this chapter will offer a conceptualization of the outcomes that should result from successful development in sport and through sport, along with the personal assets that are likely to lead to these positive outcomes. The second section will discuss the importance of three process-related variables that have consistently been associated with positive development in sport: activities, relationships, and settings. The third section of the chapter will link the outcomes of sport to the processes of development that should be integrated into successful sport programs for youth. The Personal Assets Framework for Sport will finally be presented as an integrative theoretical and practical structure to provide directions that maximize development in sport for all participants.

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