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The Talent Development Pathway for Elite Basketball Players in China

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Sport Department, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Universidad Europea de Madrid, 28670 Madrid, Spain
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Sport Department, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(14), 5110; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17145110
Received: 13 June 2020 / Revised: 10 July 2020 / Accepted: 13 July 2020 / Published: 15 July 2020
A large portion of previous sport talent development research has been conducted using Western countries study subjects such as Canadian, Swedish, Spanish, British, or American athletes. However, the factors that affect oriental culture athletes remain an unexplored field. The aims of this investigation were to consolidate the exploration of the pilot study that studied the key factors for Chinese elite basketball players’ careers and understand what facts have helped them to achieve the highest sportive level through qualitative research. The pathway to excellence of 11 Chinese elite basketball players were analyzed through a semi-structured interview with different categories such as social context, sport context, tactical factors, or anthropometric factors. Results showed that cultural factors, family tradition, academic studies, coaches, mental strength, training structuration, and international competitions had a great effect and influence in the talent development of Chinese basketball players. View Full-Text
Keywords: talent development; basketball; China; cultural factors; qualitative research talent development; basketball; China; cultural factors; qualitative research
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Bonal, J.; Jiménez, S.L.; Lorenzo, A. The Talent Development Pathway for Elite Basketball Players in China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5110.

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