Introduction

The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model is a framework for an optimal training, competition and recovery schedule for each stage of athletic development. Coaches who engage in the model and its practices are more likely to produce athletes who reach their full athletic potential.

The LTAD model has been developed based on the research of the Canadian Sport Centres LTAD expert group. The principles of this research have been adopted by Athletics Canada as the framework for the proper management of youth and adolescent growth and development processes, and identified the critical periods of accelerated adaptation to training.

Please click on the link below to read the full Long Term Athlete Development document produced by Athletics Canada.

A Sport Parent’s Guide

As parents, we recognize that sports and physical activity play an important role in our children’s healthy growth and development, but recently physical activity has suffered serious decline among Canadian children.

Medical and sport research shows that our children are increasingly at risk for obesity and disease due to low levels of activity and poor nutritional habits.

Please click on the link below to read the Sport Parent’s Guide to LTAD, a document produced by Canadian Sport for Life.