Place: NIH, Aud A. Prøveforelesning: What are the theoretical and practical implications of your thesis for various stakeholders?
The dynamics of talent development in Norwegian women’s handball.
The overall aim of the study was to investigate how the organisational context of Norwegian handball shapes and influence youth national team athlete’s experiences and development.
The research was conducted as an embedded case study, the purpose of which was to describe and examine individual development processes within Norwegian handball through four related empirical studies.
The results from the study as a whole shows that successful athlete development is not only dependent on the individual significance of each actor (e.g. clubs, sport-schools or the national handball federation) but in how well each actor complements the others. This organizing creates multiple pathways to the adult elite level. However, the costs of coordination are high and athletes’ frequently experience the talent development model as one which is exhausting. Talented handball players are strongly at risk of experiencing career threatening injuries, and when this issue does not get special consideration, the outcome of the transition from the youth elite to the adult elite level might become quite coincidental.