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Sports talent programmes could be harmful for children's long-term psychological wellbeing

By Richard Buscombe, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of East London
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Given the profit top sportspeople can make from being successful, it’s no wonder significant time, research, and money continues to be invested in programmes that aim to identify and develop future elite athletes. These talent programmes seek to discover young people who have an aptitude for sport by having them complete a series of physical, technical and psychological tests. But the young age of people who start these programmes has raised concerns about the potential long-term impact they could have…

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