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Research Brief: What does the science say about athletic development in children?

September 11, 2013  • Sports & Society Program

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Aspen Institute Project Play Initiative releases research brief: What Do We Know about Early Childhood Development?

The purpose of this research brief is to review the most relevant and important literature on the topic of developing children as athletes. This brief is organized around five prevailing questions regarding early specialization and the role of practice and play in the development of skill acquisition and expertise in sports. The brief draws upon over 50 published research papers, reviews, and book chapters. Key findings in response to each of the posed questions are offered. At the end of each section, a summary of the findings is offered as a key point and conclusion in response to the specific question. A complete list of works cited in the brief is also provided.