LTAD – Long Term Athlete Development

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LTAD Stages

A clear path to better sport, greater health, and higher achievement.

Children, youth and adults need to do the right things at the right time to develop in their sport or activity – whether they want to be hockey players, dancers, figure skaters or gymnasts. Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) describes the things athletes need to be doing at specific ages and stages.

Science, research and decades of experience all point to the same thing: kids and adults will get active, stay active, and even reach the greatest heights of sport achievement if they do the right things at the right times. This is the logic behind the Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD).

There are seven stages within the basic LTAD model:

Stages 1, 2 and 3 develop physical literacy before puberty so children have the basic skills to be active for life. Physical literacy also provides the foundation for those who choose to pursue elite training in one sport or activity after age 12.

Stages 4, 5 and 6 provide elite training for those who want to specialize in one sport and compete at the highest level, maximizing the physical, mental and emotional development of each athlete.

Stage 7 is about staying Active for Life through lifelong participation in competitive or recreational sport or physical activity.

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Example: Long Term Participant & Athlete Development Model Stages – Racing on Skates, an overview of Speed Skating Canada’s LTAD.

Active Start – Part 1: Why quality physical activity is so important for children 0-6  

Dr. Colin Higgs of Memorial University of Newfoundland and member of the Canadian Sport for Life Expert Group speaks about the origins of Canadian Sport for Life and the importantance of physisical activity in the first 6 years of life.

This video is the first of a series of 6 clips from the Active Start: The Importance of Physical Activity in the First Six Years of Life DVD funded by the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Coucil and shared with their permission

Active Start – Part 2: Childhood Obesity  

Dr. Colin Higgs of Memorial University of Newfoundland and member of the Canadian Sport for Life Expert Group speaks about the origins of Canadian Sport for Life and the importantance of physisical activity in the first 6 years of life.

This video is the 2nd of a series of 6 clips from the Active Start: The Importance of Physical Activity in the First Six Years of Life DVD funded by the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Coucil and shared with their permission.

Active Start – Part 3: Canadian Sport for Life

Dr. Colin Higgs of Memorial University of Newfoundland and member of the Canadian Sport for Life Expert Group speaks about the origins of Canadian Sport for Life and the importantance of physisical activity in the first 6 years of life. This video is the 3rd in a series of 6 clips from the Active Start: The Importance of Physical Activity in the First Six Years of Life DVD funded by the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Coucil and shared with their permission.

Active Start – Part 4: Physical Literacy 

Dr. Colin Higgs of Memorial University of Newfoundland and member of the Canadian Sport for Life Expert Group speaks about the origins of Canadian Sport for Life and the importantance of physisical activity in the first 6 years of life.

This video is the 4th in a series of 6 clips from the Active Start: The Importance of Physical Activity in the First Six Years of Life DVD funded by the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Coucil and shared with their permission.

Active Start – Part 5: Building a Better Brain (Part 1 of 2)

Dr. Colin Higgs of Memorial University of Newfoundland and member of the Canadian Sport for Life Expert Group speaks about the origins of Canadian Sport for Life and the importantance of physisical activity in the first 6 years of life.

This video is the 5th in a series of 6 clips from the Active Start: The Importance of Physical Activity in the First Six Years of Life DVD funded by the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Coucil and shared with their permission.

Active Start – Part 5: Building a Better Brain (Part 2 of 2)

Dr. Colin Higgs of Memorial University of Newfoundland and member of the Canadian Sport for Life Expert Group speaks about the origins of Canadian Sport for Life and the importantance of physisical activity in the first 6 years of life.

This video is the 5th in a series of 6 clips from the Active Start: The Importance of Physical Activity in the First Six Years of Life DVD funded by the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Coucil and shared with their permission.

Active Start – Part 6: Activities and Programs 

Dr. Colin Higgs of Memorial University of Newfoundland and member of the Canadian Sport for Life Expert Group speaks about the origins of Canadian Sport for Life and the importantance of physisical activity in the first 6 years of life.

This video is the 6th in a series of 6 clips from the Active Start: The Importance of Physical Activity in the First Six Years of Life DVD funded by the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Coucil and shared with their permission.

Sports for Life – Long Term Athlete Development LTAD

Model used to develop physical literacy from grass-root community programs to the Olympics. The model establishes the building blocks of fitness and sport for life. It identifies the fundamental sports skills and training methods. LTAD can accelerate the improvement in strength, power, endurance and the ABCs: Agility, Balance, Coordination, Speed essential for all developing athletes. The model firmly grounded in scientific exercise physiology. Learn how to take advantage of the windows of opportunity in training children based upon biological growth, and indicators of peak height and strength velocities. We are thrilled to have partnered with the founders of LTAD for this project. The video is highly recommended for coaches and young athletes of all sports.

 

 

Alignment across the Canadian Sport System

 

Sport for Life’s Long-Term Athlete Development Work

Sport for Life Society aims to build knowledge, expertise and partnerships to advance physical literacy, sport excellence and activity for life.

Over the past few months, the Sport for Life Society’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Division has advanced many projects with the support of LTAD experts, partners and champions.

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Sail Canada’s

System Alignment and Integration

In Sail Canada’s effort to implement its Long-Term Sailor Development (LTSD) model throughout all sailing programs in the country, the organization embraced one of Sport for Life’s Long-Term Athlete Development 10 Key Factors: System Alignment and Integration.

By the time Long-Term Athlete Development was introduced in Canada in 2005, Sail Canada had already had a stage-by-stage sailor-development model in place for nearly 25 years. But moving from one stage-based development model to another proved to be a challenge, and the existing model required a complete overhaul before Sail Canada could launch its LTSD in 2010.

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Milestones: A Supplement for 

Shaping the Ideal NSO

This resource is intended to assist national sport organizations (NSOs) in determining the next steps for LTAD implementation. It is to be used as a supplement to the Sport for Life resource entitled Shaping the Ideal NSO: LTAD Implementation, which can be found here.

The Shaping the Ideal NSO guide, first published by Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) in 2013, recommends four steps for National Sport Organizations (NSOs) to follow as they integrate Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) into their core operations.

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Leaders in Collaboration to Strengthen the 

Canadian Sport System 

The message throughout the Canadian sport system has always been that an effective, educated, and certified coach is the key to a quality sport experience for athletes.

Find out how Sport for Life and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) have identified shared priorities and goals, and areas where these organizations are best positioned to influence the quality sport experience in the Canadian sport system.

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Upcoming Events

The following events help to advance Long-Term Athlete Development principles. Registration is not yet available for all of them yet, so save the date!

  • Partners Congress 2016 (Ottawa, ON; May 31 – June 2)
    • This event provides an opportunity to share best practices and network with coach educators and sport leaders from across the country.
  • PSO Forum (Toronto, ON; June 15, 2016)
    • Sport for Life and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport will host this event targeted at provincial Sport organizations’ technical directors and executive directors.
  • 2016 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif Conference (Richmond, BC; Nov 3-5)
    • This event challenges Canada’s sport administrators, executives, coaches, and researchers, to embrace our diversity as an opportunity to create a more powerful sport system in Canada.
  • 2017 Sport for Life National Summit (Gatineau, QC; Jan 25-26)
    • The Summit brings together leaders who work to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada.
  • International Physical Literacy Conference 2017 (Toronto, ON; April 12-15)
    • IPLC brings together sport, health, education and recreation experts to advance the knowledge, application and implementation of physical literacy programming across the globe.

For more information on events, please contact Mik Vahi, Publications & Events Coordinator at : mik@canadiansportforlife.ca.

 

 

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