Long-term Athlete Development - Preparing for a Life in Sport


Long-term Athlete Development - Preparing for a Life in Sport

Long-term Athlete Development - Preparing for a Life in Sport

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An Introduction to Long-term Athlete Development

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  • Essential reading for any athlete, coach, parent, teacher, official or administrator.

    In today's society childhood obesity and the concern for national well being are high profiles issues. There is an important emphasis on regular sport and exercise among young performers. Indeed, whether you are a sport coach, teacher, parent or player you have a responsibility in ensuring the long-term athlete development of young athletes.

    The Long-term Athlete Development (LTAD) model...

    ...developed by Dr Istvan Balyi, focuses on maximising player development to encourage a life long commitment to sports and exercise. LTAD provides the athlete with activities to suit each development stage and lays foundations for the future.

    The LTAD model in leaflet and poster format

    This handy leaflet is written in an easy-to-understand style providing an outline of the LTAD model, it:

    • outlines why LTAD is important
    • looks at who it is aimed at
    • has been designed to answer any questions you may have on LTAD.

    The leaflet also folds out to make a A3 wall poster to educate athletes on the fundamentals of LTAD.

  • Author: Ian Stafford, Technical Advisor, Dr Istvan Balyi, Worldwide Advisor on LTAD
  • Copyright Year: 2004
  • Length: 8 pages, A5 flyer
  • "Whatever our role in supporting and delivering sport, our central focus should always be on the needs of the athlete. Adopting a long-term, staged and individual approach to their development will ensure that they excel throughout their life as an aspiring performer and/or as a confident and competent recreational player. I have been fortunate to work closely with sports coach UK, Sport England and other UK sports agencies, and help to produce these resources which provide information to help all of us play our role in developing sport and enable sportspeople to be the best they can be."

  • -- Istvan Balyi, World Wide Expert on LTAD



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  • Ian Stafford is Programme Director for the new BA degree course in Sport at the University of Durham. He has taught physical education and lectured in teacher training and student sport at Bristol University and several other well-respected universities and colleges nationwide.

    Ian has a Masters in Sport and Physical Education, focusing on developmental psychology.

    Istvan Balyi is one of the leading expert on planning, periodisation and long-term athlete development (LTAD). He is on faculty at the National Coaching Institute British Columbia, Victoria, Canada since 1994.

    Istvan is an LTAD advisor for the National Coaching and Training Centre in Limerick, Ireland, the Sport Council for Northern Ireland, Sport England and Sport Canada.