Dr. Barnett found that more than 33% of professional athletes playing in the AFL tournament were born in January and only 8% of them were born in December. This result is similar to other international studies in finding clues.
The relationship between the time of birth and the opportunity to become a professional player in sports such as soccer, volleyball and basketball.
Imagine being 10 years old, you were considered a “talent” and selected to a certain sports team. Your parents will be very proud and the coach will also invest more time to help you improve. You will get more support, practice more, as well as participate in more matches.
You can get compliments from someone you worship, the positive results after a game, mastering a difficult skill or feeling is an important part of the team. This can be a big mental boost in the beginning of your career. It will help you to be more confident with the thought that you have talent in a certain field. And with the initial success, it will help you continue to reap other successes later.
As for the smaller and less developed players, they need to be able to withstand the shock of failure encountered early life. For kids just 10 years old, this is not easy. The worst can discharge. So it was that they would retire early after a few years of failure and be left behind.
In Canada, the same thing happens in ice hockey. Because this sport requires more physical than football, it is not surprising that the birth rate in the first months of the year also dominated. Since hockey “break-outs” are on the 1.1 calendar day, January, February and March are the most popular birth months.
The meaning of “Relative Age Effect” (RAE) on Olympic sports is relatively more complex. And similar to ice hockey, the “breaking day” for the athletes to compete in the Olympics is also the 1.1 calendar day.
Moreover, the advantage of weight and bodybuilding plays an important role in fighting sports such as boxing, wrestling, taekwondo, judo and even in boating but has little effect on other sports. requires ingenuity and endurance such as gymnastics or long distance running.
Similar results appear when some researchers analyzed the birthdates of 18,132 competitors at the 2008 Olympic Games. Overall, more male and female athletes were born in the first quarter than any other quarter. another of the year.