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Building a High-Performance Model for Sport

A Human Development-Centered Approach

Turner, Anthony N., PhD1; Bishop, Chris, MSc1; Cree, Jon, MSc1; Carr, Paul2; McCann, Andy3; Bartholomew, Brett, MSEd, CSCS*D, RSCC*D4; Halsted, Laurence5

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 2 - p 100–107
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000447
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ABSTRACT ALL TEAMS SHOULD AIM TO DEVELOP A HUMAN DEVELOPMENT-CENTERED HIGH-PERFORMANCE MODEL FOR SPORT (HPMS). A MODEL CAN UNITE A TEAM TOWARD A SHARED VISION, ACTING AS A CLEAR SIGN OF WHY THE PERFORMANCE PROGRAM EXISTS, AND WHY ATHLETES SHOULD TRUST THEIR CAREERS IN THEM. IT ALSO RECOGNIZES THE MERITS OF AN ANALYTICAL APPROACH TO ESTABLISHING A TRAINING SYSTEM, THEREBY ENSURING OBJECTIVITY AND BEST PRACTICE. FINALLY, THE MODEL CAN SUPPORT AND PROMOTE A HOLISTIC, WHOLE PERSON-CENTERED APPROACH, WHERE THE PURSUIT OF SPORTING ACCOLADES IS BALANCED AGAINST THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF ITS PARTICIPANTS. THE AIM OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO ASSIST THE READER IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A HPMS.

1Faculty of Science and Technology, London Sports Institute, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom;

2Human Performance Lead, UK Military;

3Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom;

4The Bridge Human Performance and The Art of Coaching; and

5Danish Fencing Federation, Copenhagen, Denmark

Address correspondence to Dr. Anthony N. Turner, a.n.turner@mdx.ac.uk.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Anthony N. Turner is the director of postgraduate programs in sport at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University.

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Chris Bishop is a strength and conditioning coach at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, where he is also the program leader for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning.

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Jon Cree is a strength and conditioning coach at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, where he is also the program leader for the BSc in Strength and Conditioning.

Paul Carr is the Human Performance lead within the UK Military.

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Andy McCann is a human performance specialist and a Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, within the Department of Psychology and Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care.

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Brett Bartholomew is a strength and conditioning coach, author, consultant, and founder of the performance coaching and consulting company, The Bridge Human Performance as well as the coach education platform Art of Coaching.

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Laurence Halsted is the performance director for the Danish Fencing Federation.

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