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Relative Age Effect is Modulated by Playing Position but is Not Related to Competitive Success in Elite Under-19 Handball Athletes

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Department of Physical Education, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE), Recife 52171-900, Brazil
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Department of Physical Education, Faculdade de Ensino de Minas Gerais (FACEMG), Belo Horizonte 31515-000, Brazil
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Associated Graduate Program in Physical Education, Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), João Pessoa 58051-900, Brazil
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Graduate Program in Physical Education, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife 50670-901, Brazil
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Department of Physical Education, Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), João Pessoa 58051-900, Brazil
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Sports 2019, 7(4), 91; https://doi.org/10.3390/sports7040091
Received: 6 March 2019 / Revised: 2 April 2019 / Accepted: 17 April 2019 / Published: 19 April 2019
This study aimed to verify the occurrence of the relative age effect (RAE) in male elite young handball athletes according to the playing position and its association with team performance in a World Championship. Data from 383 handball athletes from 24 countries who participated in the 7th World Men’s Championship in the under-19 category were analyzed. RAE was investigated from the birth trimester of the athletes, their playing position, and final ranking in the Championship. The results showed an overrepresentation of athletes born in the first two trimesters (Q1 and Q2) (χ2(3) = 32.97; p < 0.001, ω = 0.29). The analysis of the athlete’s position showed that most wings (χ2(3) = 18.37; p < 0.001, ω = 0.32) and backs (χ2(3) = 12.51; p = 0.006, ω = 0.34) were born in the first trimesters (Q1 and Q2). The ranking in the Championship presented no significant association with the date of the birth (p > 0.05). The results showed the existence of the RAE in youth handball elite athletes, especially for the back and wing positions. However, the strategy of selecting is questionable once the presence of RAE was not associated with competitive success. View Full-Text
Keywords: relative age effect; talent identification; athlete development; youth sport; handball relative age effect; talent identification; athlete development; youth sport; handball
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Fonseca, F.S.; Figueiredo, L.S.; Gantois, P.; de Lima-Junior, D.; Fortes, L.S. Relative Age Effect is Modulated by Playing Position but is Not Related to Competitive Success in Elite Under-19 Handball Athletes. Sports 2019, 7, 91.

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