ERIC Number: EJ888713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Relative Age Effects Are a Developmental Problem in Tennis: But Not Necessarily when You're Left-Handed!
Loffing, Florian; Schorer, Jorg; Cobley, Steve P.
High Ability Studies, v21 n1 p19-25 Jun 2010
Relative Age Effects (RAEs), describing attainment inequalities as a result of interactions between biological age and age-grouping procedures, have been demonstrated across many sports contexts. This study examined whether an additional individual characteristic (i.e., handedness) mediated RAEs in tennis. Relative age and handedness distributions of 1027 male professional tennis players ranked in the year-end ATP Top 500 for 2000-2006 were analyzed. Relatively older players, born in the first two quartiles, were over-represented for right-handed players (86.56%), whereas no RAEs were found for left-handers (13.44%). Findings seem to suggest that left-handers in tennis gain advantages that circumvent the RAE problem. (Contains 1 note and 1 table.)
Descriptors: Handedness, Racquet Sports, Physical Fitness, Physical Characteristics, Age Differences, Athletes, Males
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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