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Connection between Social Capital and Sport Success of Young Tennis Players

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Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Split, Nikole Tesle 6, 21000 Split, Croatia
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Institute for Anthropological Research, Gajeva ulica 32, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, Horvaćanski zavoj 15, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(11), 206; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9110206
Received: 5 October 2020 / Revised: 29 October 2020 / Accepted: 10 November 2020 / Published: 14 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Global Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Social Capital)
Young athletes are influenced by different physical, psychological, and social factors. Social factors significantly impact a young athlete’s growth. Parents, coaches, and schools are important factors in young athletes’ sports careers. Achieving sport success without their support would be a real challenge. Social capital is a resource that comes from social relationships and social networks. It is a resource that impacts athletes and sports performance. The aim of this study was to determine the connection between social capital and competitive success in young tennis players. This research was conducted with participants of an ITF (International Tennis Federation) junior tournament in tennis. Research included 75 tournament players (N = 36 girls, age: 15.54 ± 1.29 years; N = 39 boys, age: 16.13 ± 0.98 years). Participants filled out a questionnaire which evaluated their social capital. Social capital predictors were significant predictors of sporting success (13.1% variance explained), which indicated that there is a moderate association between social capital indicators and sport success in young tennis players. Sports performance was higher with a higher degree of family and sports team social capital among girls. It was higher with a lower school social capital among boys. Intervention that leverages social capital might serve as an avenue for performance promotion in youth. View Full-Text
Keywords: social capital; youth; adolescence; tennis; sports success social capital; youth; adolescence; tennis; sports success
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Novak, D.; Svalina, F.; Delale, E.A. Connection between Social Capital and Sport Success of Young Tennis Players. Soc. Sci. 2020, 9, 206. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9110206

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Novak D, Svalina F, Delale EA. Connection between Social Capital and Sport Success of Young Tennis Players. Social Sciences. 2020; 9(11):206. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9110206

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Novak, Dario, Filip Svalina, and Eva A. Delale 2020. "Connection between Social Capital and Sport Success of Young Tennis Players" Social Sciences 9, no. 11: 206. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9110206

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