Invited Speakers - Details

Keynote title: Talent development: key considerations to boost the potential of young players
Prof. Nuno Leite Prof. Nuno Leite
University of of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro
Vila-Real - Portugal


Around thirteen years of age, children should have the opportunity to either choose to specialize in their favourite sport or to continue in sport with a different level of commitment. A substantial body of research claims that early diversification does not limit access to elite sports, especially in sports where peak performance is reached after the maturation (football, basketball or handball), and whose predominant motor skills excel at older ages. Several authors discussed positive implications of early diversification such as transfer of patterns between related sports, mainly due to the different environments and stimuli experienced through different contexts.
Expert team sport players manifest higher ability to recognize structured game patterns. This ability seems to be closely linked to a wide breadth of attention, which according to Memmert (2007) refers to the number and range of different and relevant stimuli that a subjects attends. To develop this ability, training programs should be grounded in recent nonlinear approaches. The differential learning is one of them, characterized by adding random variable elements to a movement pattern; promoting fluctuation through no movement repetition, constantly changing technical and tactical tasks to encourage adaptive behaviours.
Evidence of how previous sport experiences affect the skills acquisition and contribute to adapt to new contexts with motor and perceptual challenges will be presented during our communication, reinforcing the idea that the diversification path includes several advantages in later sport performance. Finally, we will address encouraging results obtained in recent work especially the relationship between previous sport experience and the effect of enrichment training programs.


Brief biography

Nuno Leite obtained Doctorate degree in Sports Training at Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro in 2008. He currently works as Full Professor and Lecturer in Research Center of Sports Sciences, Health and Human Development (CIDESD). Published over 20 papers in Science Citation Index Expanded. Researcher in Social Sciences, especially in Sport Sciences focuses is activity in skill acquisition developmental process.