p-ISSN: 1300-0551
e-ISSN: 2587-1498

Mustafa Söğüt

Faculty of Sport Sciences, Kırıkkale University, Kırıkkale, Turkey

Keywords: Biological maturation, growth, sport


Children born in the same calendar year may vary in their growth and maturational status. These possible discrepancies can cause disadvantages especially for the young athletes who physically mature late and lead many talented ones to withdraw from sport at an early age. Scientists dealing with these issues, in collaboration with practitioners, introduce a new approach. This approach is called “bio-banding”. Bio-banding is the process of grouping young athletes according to their attributes related with growth and biological maturation rather than their chronological age. The purpose of this study is to improve the awareness of Turkish scientists, coaches, administrators, and other stakeholders about bio-banding in sport by forming a conceptual framework regarding its methods, applications, and potential benefits.

Cite this article as: Sogut M. Bio-banding in sport. Turk J Sports Med. 2019;54(2):143-7.