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Sports talent
Brown, Jim, 1940-
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Publication Information:
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [2001]

Physical Description:
ix, 299 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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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.

Author Notes

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

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Part I Identifying Talentp. 1
Chapter 1 Profiling the Talented Athletep. 3
Chapter 2 Identifying Physical Attributesp. 9
Chapter 3 Recognizing Mental and Emotional Skillsp. 29
Chapter 4 Spotting the Intangiblesp. 45
Part II Assessing and Developing Talentp. 55
Chapter 5 Parenting and Coaching Talented Athletesp. 57
Chapter 6 Speeding Up the Processp. 71
Chapter 7 Overcoming Obstaclesp. 87
Chapter 8 Testing for Talentp. 97
Chapter 9 Recruiting, Scouting, and Trying Outp. 109
Part III Evaluating Talent by Sportp. 123
Chapter 10 Baseballp. 125
Chapter 11 Basketballp. 137
Chapter 12 Footballp. 149
Chapter 13 Golfp. 159
Chapter 14 Gymnasticsp. 169
Chapter 15 Hockeyp. 183
Chapter 16 Soccerp. 195
Chapter 17 Softballp. 207
Chapter 18 Swimmingp. 219
Chapter 19 Tennisp. 229
Chapter 20 Track, Field, and Cross Countryp. 245
Chapter 21 Volleyballp. 257
Chapter 22 Wrestlingp. 269
Summary: The Future of Sports Talentp. 277
Referencesp. 281
Indexp. 289
About the Authorp. 299