Long Term Athlete Development


What is LTAD?

Long Term Athlete Development

Human development from birth to adulthood is a continuous process. To understand the process better, experts divide human development into distinct stages with specific characteristics; these are called stages of development. In Canadian sport, experts have identified seven stages of development, each with its own physical, mental, emotional, and cognitive characteristics. This is our Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model, and it’s the basis for the optimal training and competition kids need to enjoy sport the most and perform their best.

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The Athlete Development Model


Canada Basketball presented their strategic plan to the country in the fall of 2003. The mission was described as: 2020 “A World Leader in Basketball”
Leading a unified basketball community to engage all in quality experiences and drive international success.

The priorities were to:

• Unify the basketball community
• Develop an enduring economic model
• Build a dynamic developmental infrastructure by improving coaching at all levels by developing a system based on principles, which encompass participation and excellence.

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