Relative Age Effect in a sociological perspective

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Title Relative Age Effect in a sociological perspective
Author Peterson, Tomas
Editor Radmann, Aage ; Hedenborg, Susanna ; Tsolakidis, E
Date 2015
English abstract
The sports movements in the Scandinavian countries have, in an historical perspective, been comparatively well supported by the State. State support for youth leisure activities has been directed to different youth organizations, particularly sports clubs. Government grants to sport are given primarily because it fulfills through its various activities a number of goals which do not necessarily have to do with sports, but which society considers important to achieve by means of government funding. The resources are to be used to reach out to people and activate those who want to take part in organized sports or choose to do physical exercise for their own well-being. For sports clubs, however, fostering top athletes is an essential part of their pursuit. Selection systems believed to produce top athletes exists at all levels within the sports movements – local, regional and national. And selection systems cannot be used without the appearance of Relative Age Effects. RAEs have been suggested as representing a form of bias, irrationality, and are counter-productive to longer-term attainment and the motives of the State to support youth sport. In the long run this could lead to the public acceptance of a generous tax-paid support to youth sport being jeopardized. Therefore we argue for the research community to engage with sport organizations and sport governing bodies to more strongly support child and youth longer-term development. We also believe in the importance of doing this using a multidisciplinary approach.
Swedish abstract
Detta paper diskuterar RAE i ett sociologiskt perspektiv
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ECSS (24-27 of June : Malmö)
Host/Issue 20th annual Congress of the EUROPEAN COLLEGE OF SPORT SCIENCE 24th - 27th June 2015, Malmö – Sweden : BOOK OF ABSTRACTS;
Pages 312
Language eng (iso)
Subject Relative Age Effect
RAE
Sociology
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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