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Sports Talent / Edition 1

Sports Talent / Edition 1

by Jim Brown


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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 Talent many 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 Talent provides 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736033909
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 03/13/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Part I Identifying Talent
Chapter 1.Profiling the Talented Athlete
Chapter 2.Identifying Physical Attributes
Chapter 3.Recognizing Mental and Emotional Skills
Chapter 4.Spotting the Intangibles

Part II Assessing and Developing Talent
Chapter 5.Parenting and Coaching Talented Athletes
Chapter 6.Speeding Up the Process
Chapter 7.Overcoming Obstacles
Chapter 8.Testing for Talent
Chapter 9.Recruiting, Scouting, and Trying Out

Part III Evaluating Talent by Sport
Chapter 10.Baseball
Chapter 11.Basketball
Chapter 12.Football
Chapter 13.Golf
Chapter 14.Gymnastics
Chapter 15.Hockey
Chapter 16.Soccer
Chapter 17.Softball
Chapter 18.Swimming
Chapter 19.Tennis
Chapter 20.Track, Field, and Cross Country
Chapter 21.Volleyball
Chapter 22.Wrestling

Summary: The Future of Sports Talent

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

”Talented players play every down like it's the last one they'll ever play. You can't get that information from a stopwatch.”
Bobby Bowden
Head football coach,
Florida State University
Two-time national champions

”Drive is the most important predictor of exceptional athletic success. These athletes are almost obsessed with succeeding.”
Jim Loehr, EdD
President of LGE Performance Systems
Author of The New Toughness Training for Sports

”The single most important piece of advice I would give to a potentially gifted basketball player is to work on quickness under control.”
John Wooden
Ten-time UCLA national champion coach
College Hall of Fame member as athlete and coach

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