In this article (in Dutch), Paul Wylleman, head of the SPMB research group and also Performance manager Performance behaviour of the Netherlands Olympic Committee NOC*NSF TeamNL, emphasizes the importance of the holistic model in developing elite athletes from an early age.
“The development of the child should not only revolve around sports performance. The level of study, social and psychological development are also important. The starting point is that children are better protected against possible excesses if we make them stronger, more autonomous, more independent. We try to get that approach to coaches, to the unions, then to associations and the parents".