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Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte

On-line version ISSN 1989-5879Print version ISSN 1578-8423


SAAVEDRA GARCIA, Miguel; GUTIERREZ AGUILAR, Óscar; GALATTI, Larissa  and  FERNANDEZ ROMERO, Juan J.. Relative age effect in lower categories of fiba basketball world championships (1979-2011). CPD [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.3, pp.237-242. ISSN 1989-5879.

The relative age effect (RAE) has been widely studied in sports, however these studies are generally focused on the same academic year or sport season. A large sample of FIBA Basketball World Championship between 1979 and 2011 had been included in the current paper, analysing birth dates of 3699 basketball players (1975 men and 1724 women) participants in U17, U19 and U21 categories. Chi-square goodness-of-fit tests were used to compare the trimester of birth distribution (corrected based on the days of each trimester), it has been found a relative age effect in male and female basketball also gathering together both genders. In addition the relative age effect occurs in all age categories (U17, U19 and U21) in both men's and women's basketball (except males in U21), being more strong in both cases in the competitions in which younger athletes (U17) participate and progressively less pronounced up to competitions where athletes are older (U21)

Keywords : Chronological age; basketball; decision making; maturation; relative age effect.

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