Childhood football play and practice in relation to self-regulation and national team selection; a study of Norwegian elite youth players

Erikstad, Martin, Høigaard, Rune, Johansen, Bjørn Tore, Kandala, Ngianga-Bakwin and Haugen, Tommy (2018) Childhood football play and practice in relation to self-regulation and national team selection; a study of Norwegian elite youth players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36 (20). pp. 2304-2310. ISSN 0264-0414

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Abstract

Childhood sport participation is argued to be important to understand differences in self-regulation and performance level in adolescence. This study sought to investigate if football-specific activities in childhood (6–12 years of age) is related to self-regulatory skills and national under 14- and 15-team selection in Norwegian elite youth football. Data of practice histories and self-regulatory skills of 515 youth football players selected at Norwegian regional level were collected and further analysed using multilevel analyses. The results revealed that high self-regulated players were more likely to be selected for national initiatives, and increased their involvement in peer-led football practice and adult-led football practice during childhood, compared to players with lower levels of self-regulation. While national level players reported higher levels of peer-led football play in childhood, the interaction effect suggest that the regional level players increased their involvement in peer-led play during childhood compared to national level players. In conclusion, the findings indicate that childhood sport participation may contribute to later differences in self-regulation, and highlights the importance of childhood engagement in football-specific play and practice in the development of Norwegian youth football players.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Talent development, selection, youth sport, training history, learning
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2018 12:44
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2018 18:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33684

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