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Nurture, nature and some very dubious social skills: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of talent identification practices in elite English youth soccer

Cronin, CJ and Miller, PK and Baker, G (2015) Nurture, nature and some very dubious social skills: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of talent identification practices in elite English youth soccer. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. ISSN 2159-676X

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Abstract

This paper reports qualitative findings regarding the concepts and practices utilised in talent identification (TI) among professional coaches working in English youth soccer. Using interpretative phenomenological analysis, detailed interviews with seven such coaches are explored, with a view to elucidating the links between understanding, practice, experience and professional context. Findings reveal three superordinate themes, relating to (1) a primarily ‘nurtured’ and trainable understanding of the broad concept of talent itself, (2) an ostensibly contradictory model of semi-static player psychology, and (3) a highly selective mechanism for separating evidence for ‘mental strength’ and ‘social skills’. It is contended that these findings underscore a case for more thorough interrogation of the real worlds inhabited by coaches, such that ideas about ‘good practice’ in TI might be more effectively reconciled with grounded knowledge of the practical everyday necessities of being a coach.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in 'Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health' on 23.02.2015 available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/[http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2015.1012544]."
Uncontrolled Keywords: Talent identification; English Soccer; Youth Soccer; Coaching; Phenomenology
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2015 13:16
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 23:50
DOI or Identification number: /10.1080/2159676X.2015.1012544
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/519

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