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Over the next 4 weeks I will be covering the topic of LTAD or better known as Long Term Athletic Development. You may be asking what LTAD is. Human Kinetics describes it as: LTAD is a model that people must fully understand all seven stages before implementing. Administrators, coaches, and parents should also remember that moving from one stage to another is based on the athlete’s development and not just chronological age; however, chronological age can be used as a guide. Some stages also identify a developmental age. For example, the beginning of the growth spurt identifies a specific developmental age, which occurs at widely varying chronological ages. Males and females develop at different rates, and their ages differ through the stages. LTAD, therefore, requires the identification of early, average, and late maturers to design training and competition programs that match athletes’ trainability and readiness. You can read the full article by clicking HERE.
The next 4 weeks will be covered as follows:
Week 1: Not for elite level athletes
Week 2 : Sport Specialization
Week 3: Multiple Sports
Week 4: They did't, so why should mine
Now lets dive into our week one topic
Myth #1: Not for elite level athletes.
The thinking goes that to be elite level, you have to start at a young age and continue on in a linear path to reach the highest levels. Something along the lines of if you are the best at 8 years old, 10 years old, and so on, you will also be the best at 27 years old. This is simply not true.
The correctly applied model of LTAD provides athletes with growth at every stage: Birth-6, 6-9, 10-13, 14-18, 19+.
At each of these stages, the fundamentals must be mastered, and then the athlete can be progressed; it is through this model of continuous, small improvements that an athlete can potentially become an elite level athlete.
Until next time...