Tracking 10-year competitive winning performance of judo athletes across age groups

Little information is available concerning early specialization and competitive success in judo across the early training years. Thus, the present objective was to verify the stability of individual competitive performance of a state-level championship for judo athletes who had been previously successful. For this, 406 athletes from six age groups (9 to 20+ years old) of each sex were followed for 10 years. Using recorded data from the São Paulo State Judo Federation beginning in 1999, the scores and standings for these judo players were analyzed. The proportion of medal winners during this period was not constant, differing from the grand mean in all groups of both 204 males and 202 females. At the end of this period, only 7% of the male and 5% of the female athletes had maintained their competitive levels. Successful competitive performance in early judo competition was not associated with success later in adulthood.
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Subjects: junior elite sport youth long-term performance build-up judo longitudinal study Brazil
Notations: junior sports combat sports
DOI: 10.2466/05.10.11.PMS.113.4.139-149
Published in: Perceptual and Motor Skills
Published: 2011
Volume: 113
Issue: 1
Pages: 139-149
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced