"Specializers" versus "samplers" in youth sport: Comparing experiences and outcomes

Strachan, Leisha, Cote, Jean and Deakin, Janice (2009) "Specializers" versus "samplers" in youth sport: Comparing experiences and outcomes. Sport Psychologist, 23 1: 77-92.

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Author Strachan, Leisha
Cote, Jean
Deakin, Janice
Title "Specializers" versus "samplers" in youth sport: Comparing experiences and outcomes
Journal name Sport Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0888-4781
Publication date 2009-03
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 1
Start page 77
End page 92
Total pages 16
Place of publication Champaign, IL United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The purpose of the current study was to examine two different trajectories of sport participation and explore any similarities or differences that may result regarding personal development and sport outcomes. Seventy-four youth athletes (40 “specializers” and 34 “samplers”) were recruited for the current study and four measures were employed to assess sport experiences and outcomes. Discriminant function analyses revealed no differences between groups in asset possession or sources of enjoyment however, differences were reported in sport experiences and burnout. The “samplers” reported more experiences regarding the integration of sport and family as well as linkages to the community. Although the “specializers” reported higher levels of physical/emotional exhaustion than did the “samplers,” they also reported more experiences
related to diverse peer groups. The differences highlight the importance of examining specific pathways of development in sport to gain a deeper understanding of youths’ experiences in sport.
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