Right before the World Table Tennis Championship in Düsseldorf, Germany the 15th ITTF Sport Science Congress was held on the 27th and 28th of May, 2017. It brought together experts from all around the world with the idea of furthering collaboration between players, coaches and scientists to develop table tennis.
During the Congress, Dr. Johan Pion gave a fascinating lecture, about sustainable talent systems and how to enhance your sports talent pool, from his unique perspective as an expert outside of table tennis.
He has been involved for a long time in the field of physical education and research into sports, exercise and health, and has extensive experience in education, research and service at three universities, within sports promotion and the training of coaches. Also he has more than 25 years of training experience in the gymnastics discipline ‘tumbling’.
Dr. Johan Pion is currently the Head of Department of Sports Talent Research at the Arnhem and Nijmegen University in Netherlands and a Research Associate at the Ghent University in Belgium. In 2015, he earned his PhD in health sciences at Ghent University with his research: The Flemish Sports Compass: From sports orientation to elite performance prediction.
If you missed it here you can find Part 1 & 2:
During Part 3, he talks about:
– The problem of dropout in organized sports, what causes it & how it can be minimized, (0:00-2:47)
– How focused analysis & accurate statistics help with finding the right athletes that can make it through the critical periods all the way to the top of their sport (2:47-6:31)
– The Q&A part of the lecture – Question 1 (6:31-8:10)
– The Q&A part of the lecture – Question 2 (8:10-9:59)
– The Q&A part of the lecture – Question 3 (9:59-12:36)