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A case study of the use of verbal reports for talent identification purposes in soccer: A Messi affair!

Reeves, MJ, McRobert, AP, Lewis, C and Roberts, SJ A case study of the use of verbal reports for talent identification purposes in soccer: A Messi affair! PLoS One. ISSN 1932-6203 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Using a two-study approach, the main purpose of this case study was to explore the use of a verbal reporting methodology to better understand the thought processes of soccer talent scouts during an in-situ talent identification environment. Study 1 developed a standardized coding-scheme to examine verbal cognitions during a single soccer game. Study 2 then utilized this methodology to examine two full-time recruitment staff trained in the use of concurrent verbal reporting before undertaking a live, in-game task. Participants also participated in a debrief interview following the game. The findings of the two studies suggest that developing a verbal reporting protocol is viable, however when applied in a live-game environment it is problematic. Future research should therefore consider a modified version of this task to further explore the cognition's of scouts whilst observing and identifying potential talent.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sports & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2019 11:48
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2019 11:48
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11674

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