Sports Medicine

, Volume 48, Issue 6, pp 1517–1519 | Cite as

Comment on: “Talent Identification in Sport: A Systematic Review”

  • Tom L. G. BergkampEmail author
  • A. Susan M. Niessen
  • Ruud. J. R. den Hartigh
  • Wouter G. P. Frencken
  • Rob R. Meijer
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

We read the recent systematic review by Johnston et al. [1] with great interest, and we compliment the authors on providing an overview of the empirical studies regarding talent identification programs in sports. The talent identification literature contains many studies that relate one or multiple performance components to athletes’ skill levels to find prerequisites for excellent athletic performance. Although other critical nonsystematic reviews on talent identification programs have been published [2, 3, 4, 5, 6], a systematic review synthesizing the available evidence in terms of predictive validity of the performance components was timely. Accordingly, the review by Johnston et al. [1] can be used to highlight several gaps in the talent identification research field, as we will elaborate on below. We think that research from selection psychology can offer some valuable insights with respect to the conclusion by Johnston et al. [1] that large inconsistencies exist in...



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Tom L. G. Bergkamp, A. Susan M. Niessen, Ruud J. R. den Hartigh, Wouter G. P. Frencken, and Rob R. Meijer have no conflicts of interest directly relevant to the content of this letter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychometrics and Statistics, Faculty of Behavioral and Social SciencesUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Developmental Psychology, Faculty of Behavioral and Social SciencesUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Center for Human Movement SciencesUniversity of Groningen, University Medical Center GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Football Club GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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