Sports Talent

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Human Kinetics, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 299 pages
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If you have ever wondered if your athletically inclined child has what it takes to compete at the high school, college, or professional level, look no further than Sports Talent.

In Sports Talentmany coaches and scouts reveal the physical, mental, and emotional attributes they look for in young athletes. With a wealth of input from top experts and coaches, this book addresses key issues, sport-specific evaluations, and training development methods in 13 different sports for boys and girls.

Sports Talentprovides checklists and tests to more easily and objectively evaluate whether a young athlete possesses average or exceptional athletic talent. The systematic approach to measurement provides data on the potential of young talent that can then be compared to national averages. This ground breaking, easy-to-follow guide will provide much needed insight on how to develop talented athletes to their fullest potential, while providing ways to support them in a positive and productive manner.

 

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This book is very enlightening!

Contents

Profiling the Talented Athlete
3
Identifying Physical Attributes
9
Recognizing Mental
29
Spotting the Intangibles
45
Chapters Parenting and Coaching
57
Speeding Up the Process
71
Overcoming Obstacles
87
Chapters Testing for Talent
97
Gymnastics
169
Hockey
183
Soccer
195
Softball
207
Swimming
219
Tennis
229
Track Field and Cross Country
245
Volleyball
257

Recruiting Scouting
109
Paif Evaluating Talent by Sport
123
Baseball
125
Basketball
137
Football
149
Golf
159
Wrestling
269
The Future of Sports Talent
277
References
281
Index
289
About the Author
299
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About the author (2001)


Jim Brown, PhD, is the executive editor of the Georgia Tech Sports Medicine & Performance Newsletter, a columnist for CBS Sportsline, and a member of the Wilson Sporting Goods Advisory Staff. He is also a teacher, coach, and devoted sports enthusiast. As a former coach, Brown has worked with athletes of all ages and has a good grasp of the complex issues involved in developing talented athletes. He understands how coaches, scouts, and sport scientists approach each situation, and he is also sensitive to the emotions and difficulties athletes and parents face in their quest to reach the top tiers of sport.

Dr. Brown has written, coauthored, or edited ten books, two national newsletters, one magazine, and hundreds of articles on sports, sports medicine, health, and education. His work has appeared in such notable publications as Sports Illustrated for Women, Better Homes & Gardens, Washington Post, New York Post, Raising Teens, Ivanhoe Broadcast News, and Health Education.

Jim and his wife, Arlene, live in Atlanta, Georgia.

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