35C – Sports Science Shorts: Reversal of the Relative Age Effect

Does the advantage of being relatively older (being born in Jan, Feb or March) hold up when the highest levels of sport are examined? Why might this effect reverse, giving a clear advantage to the relatively young underdogs?
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Annual age grouping and athlete development: A meta-analytical review of relative age effect in sport
No Relative Age Effect in the Birth Dates of Award Winning Athletes in Male Professional Team Sports
Selection bias and peer effects in team sports: The effect of age grouping on earnings of German soccer players
Start hard, finish better: further evidence for the reversal of the RAE advantage
The rise of the underdog? The relative age effect reversal among Canadian-born NHL hockey players: A reply to Nolan and Howell

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