Evidence of relative age effects in Swedish women's ice hockey
2014 (English)In: Talent Development and Excellence, ISSN 1869-0459, E-ISSN 1869-2885, Vol. 6, no 1, 31-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Relative age effects (RAEs) refer to consequences of differences in chronological age among individuals within age-grouped cohorts. RAEs advantage relatively older players and have consistently been found in male ice hockey, but research in women’s ice hockey is scarce. This study examined RAEs in Swedish women’s elite (N = 688) and junior elite (N = 399) ice hockey and a moderator of RAEs, playing position. RAEs were also examined in the entire population of youth female ice hockey players (N = 2811). Chi-square analyses showed significant RAEs (p < .05) in all three samples. The elite and junior elite sample showed RAEs among defenseman and forwards, but not among goalies. In the youth sample, RAEs were evident in all age groups. RAEs were present in all age groups, from the youngest players (5-6 years) to the elite players. Despite a weak depth of competition, RAEs were displayed in Swedish women´s ice hockey, indicating that other mechanisms seem to influence RAEs.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 6, no 1, 31-40 p.
relative age effect, elite, youth, player position, female sports, talent development
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96790OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-96790DiVA: diva2:768258