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Para-Soccer: Talent Identification and Development in Para-Soccer

Francis, John ORCID:, Sims, D., Bendall, A., Kelly, A. and Wood, A. (2023) Para-Soccer: Talent Identification and Development in Para-Soccer. In: Talent Identification and Development in Youth Soccer: A Guide for Researchers and Practitioners. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon. ISBN Paperback: 9781032232751 Hardback: 9781032232775

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Athletes who participate within para-soccer have highly individualised biomechanical, medical, physiological, and psychosocial characteristics. Indeed, when compared with able-bodied athletes, the process of identifying and developing those with impairments often requires a diverse perspective. In this chapter, we present key research findings surrounding the technical/tactical, physical, psychological, and social demands when identifying and developing athletes within disability soccer. We draw on the potential predictors of talent in para-soccer from sports science disciplines, as well as discuss some of the challenges in developing talented athletes within the para-soccer pathway. To aid understanding, we specifically focus on Blind Soccer and consider differences in developmental patterns between athletes with acquired and congenital disabilities. Moreover, the need for a multidisciplinary approach with individuals with expertise when working with this population of athletes is highlighted. Finally, we present some considerations for researchers and practitioners to help improve the knowledge and practice of talent identification and development in para-soccer.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: youth sports development, coaching children, football, sports development, para-soccer, sports coaching, blind football, Paralympic Games, disability sport, classification, talent identification, talent development
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: John Francis
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2022 17:55
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2023 12:57

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