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Participation in athletics for life - the role of the European U20 and U23 championships

The focus of this study was the important role played by the U20 and U23 Championships in helping to keep young athletes involved in the sport of athletics as senior athletes, which thus benefits the wider athletics community. This study has shown that the European U20 and U23 Championships improve participation rates as junior athletes move into the senior rankings. The U23 championships were particularly effective in maintaining participation between the ages of 25 and 29. Men and women did not differ greatly, although certain events had longer participation rates (especially the throws). Additionally, maintaining junior athletesÂ’ involvement in the sport might be more difficult in very large and small nations where even being good enough to be selected for age group championships is a considerable challenge. Although the focus of this study was on athletes who had appeared in the World Junior Rankings, this was predominantly because of the ease with which these athletes could be tracked over the course of the subsequent 10 years; supporting junior athletes of all abilities is important from the point of view of remaining competitive for life and, by extension, fit for life.
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Subjects: junior elite sport competition European Championship long-term performance build-up youth juniors track and field short-distance running middle distance running steeplechase long distance running race walking hurdles multiple event jump long jump high jump triple jump pole vault throws shot put discus throw hammer throw javelin throw
Notations: endurance sports strength and speed sports junior sports
Tagging: U20 U23 Karriereverlauf
Published: 2016
Pages: 15
Document types: electronical publication
Language: English
Level: advanced