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The Talent Development Environment Questionnaire as a Tool to Drive Excellence in Elite Sport Environments

Hall, Andrew; Jones, Leigh; Martindale, Russell


Leigh Jones


Currently, little work has evaluated the impact of interventions within talent development environments (TDEs). This study is the first of its kind to evaluate the efficacy of utilising the Talent Development Environment Questionnaire (TDEQ) as a tool to help coaches and support staff gain feedback, structure interventions, and evaluate impact over a 12-month period of an international elite TDE. Sixteen full time professional male rugby union players, the Chief Rugby Operations Officer, General Manager of Rugby Performance, and the Head of the Elite Rugby Program participated in the research. The TDEQ baseline results identified 17 weaknesses and nine strengths. Subsequently, an evidence based intervention designed by a staff and player working group was implemented. After the 12-month intervention, there were five weaknesses and 18 strengths with seven targeted and five non-targeted TDEQ items showed statistically significant improvements. Implications for practioners and policy makers on the use of the TDEQ as a mechanism for evidence based impact on evaluation, intervention design, and monitoring in elite TDEs are discussed.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 22, 2019
Publication Date 2019-05
Deposit Date May 21, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 18, 2019
Journal International Sport Coaching Journal
Print ISSN 2328-918X
Electronic ISSN 2328-9198
Publisher Human Kinetics
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 2
Pages 187-198
Keywords TDEQ, Intervention, Developing Potential, Coaching,
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Contract Date May 21, 2019


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Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from International Sport Coaching Journal, 2019 (ahead of print). © Human Kinetics, Inc.

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