The purpose of this examination was to evaluate relative age effects among junior elite wrestlers across gender, weight class, and competitive rule sets. Using biographical data, this thesis explores trends representing an oversampling of athletes born earlier in the year, accompanied by potential effects for success in sport and an impact on retention rates. Currently, the use of chronological age is the most common form of classifying sports participants, though this type of classification may have potentially negative long- and short-term implications. Thus, the results may provide an evaluation of weight categorization as a less discriminatory competitive format in junior elite wrestlers.
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Fukuda, David H.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Education and Human Performance
Educational and Human Sciences
Dissertations, Academic -- Education; Education -- Dissertations, Academic
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Kelly, Jayla, "An Examination of Relative Age Effects Among Junior Elite Wrestlers" (2015). HIM 1990-2015. 1789.