Fernández-Rio, J.; Méndez-Giménez, A. (2012). The role of physical education on sport talent detection: a proposal. Journal of Sport and Health Research. 4(2):109-118.



Sport talent detection has become an important issue. Nevertheless, selecting and nurturing talented athletes is neither easy, nor a single issue. Physical, physiological, psychological, cognitive, and sociological factors seem to be interconnected. The amount of practice and the perceptual and tactical skills and abilities are also important. The role of Physical Education in this process has been controversial. Communist countries have traditionally used it as an important part of their talent programs, but not the rest of the countries. Nevertheless, there has been a shift in countries such as UK towards a model for talent in sport based on physical education. The goal of the present article is to develop a proposal on talent detection and nurturing in sport that considers physical education a key element.


school, sport, gifted


Journal of Sport and Health Research - 2009