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Determinants for table tennis performance in Elite Scottish Youth players using a multidimensional approach: A pilot study

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    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in High Ability Studies on 18/07/18, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13598139.2018.1496069”

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalHigh Ability Studies
Early online date18 Jul 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jul 2018


The purpose of the study is to explore whether a multidimensional profiling approach can be useful in predicting a table tennis player’s actual and future (one year later) performance. Data on anthropometrics, age from peak height velocity, motor-skills, psychological skills and training histories were gathered among Scottish elite youth male table tennis players (n = 14). Significant correlations emerged between: (a) actual performance rating and age from peak height velocity (r = .71), sprint test (r = -.69), number of years of practice (r = .84), positive refocusing (r = -.58), and self-regulation in learning – self-monitoring (r = -.60), and evaluation (r = .57); (b) performance rating one year later and positive refocusing (r = -.58), self-monitoring (r = -.50), and number of years of practice (r = .80). Results also showed significant correlations between progression scores (2017 rating score minus 2016 rating score) and age from peak height velocity (r = −0.77), sprint test (r = .63), number of years of practice (r = -.52), self-monitoring (r = .69), and evaluation (r = -.58). These results provided preliminary evidence for the usefulness of a multidimensional profiling approach for predicting performance and progression in youth table tennis players.

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  • aptitude, racquet sports, talent development, predictive value of test

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