Athlete Talent Identification and Talent Transfer

Athlete Talent Identification and Talent Transfer
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Australian Sports Commission
Last updated  Last updated: 16 February 2017
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Talent identification, as its name suggests, is the discovery or observation of factors or characteristics an athlete may possesses that can influence success in a specific sport. There are multiple layers to talent identification, making it a complex and dynamic process. Talent transfer is the transitioning of skills and competitive success from one sport to another. 

Key Messages 


Talent identification can be deliberately integrated into a sport’s system, as part of the athlete developmental pathway.


Talented athletes may display common traits across sports; but within each sport there is a hierarchy of factors, based upon research and observation, best suited to that sport.


Talent identification systems are usually multidimensional; incorporating relevant factors from physical, psychological, skill development, and socio-cultural domains; as well as system and environmental factors and intuitive assessment.


Talent transfer is a deliberate fast-track development process that builds upon key performance factors and past sporting experiences.

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