What the researchers found
This study reported that in comparison to non-elite athletes, parents of elite athletes were more likely to have performed or attained a higher level of competitive sport experience and success. Significant associations were found between parental support and factors such as travel, financial support, technical and tactical advice, and playing level.
However, this was reported as a complex phenomenon. Finally, paternal characteristics (characteristics of the father) were more significantly associated with athletic skill level than maternal characteristics (those of the mother). Finally, elite athletes were more than 2.3 times more likely than nonathletes to have a father that has participated in one or more competitive sports.