Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph.D. Student of Sport Management, Department of Sport Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Borujerd Branch, Islamic Azad University, Borujerd, Iran

2 Assistance professor of Sport Management, Department of Sport Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Arak Branch, Islamic Azad University, Arak, Iran

3 Assistance professor of Sport Management, Department of Sport Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Borujerd Branch, Islamic Azad University, Borujerd, Iran


The purpose of this study was to design a national model of sports talent management with priority of medal-winning fields (Case study of wrestling). This research is applied descriptive-survey. The statistical population included the experts in the field of wrestling and 199 people were purposefully selected as sample. Data gathering tool was a structured questionnaire with five dimensions and 55 questions. Two indexes of content validity were used to evaluate the validity of the questionnaire. To determine the relative coefficient of content validity, the opinions of nine wrestling experts were examined. The reliability was obtained through Cronbach's alpha. Structural equation modeling using SPSS software version 25 and R software version 3.6.1 (Semplot, lavaan) was used to check the fit of the conceptual model of sports talent management. The results of confirmatory factor analysis showed that the conceptual model developed for exploring the dimensions and components of wrestling sport talent management was fit and each of the components of these dimensions had a significant factor load. The three components that played the most roles in the talent management process were talent identification, talent development, and talent retention. The interfering factors had the most negative factor load in talent management.


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