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Excerpts — Long-Term Athlete Development

LTAD model encourages lifelong physical activity for children

The LTAD model and philosophy acknowledge first that physical education, school sports, competitive sports, and recreational activities are mutually interdependent and contribute to the development of healthy, active kids.

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Late specialization is recommended for most sports

Hill (as cited in Hill & Simons, 1989) described specialization as athletes limiting participation to a single sport, which they train for and compete in on a year-round basis.

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Age categories should be considered when designing sport programs

The biological differences between a 9-year-old and a 15-year-old are huge, and yet in spite of these biological differences, athletes of the same chronological age are often trained the same way at every age and participate in age group competitions.

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Long-term athlete development follows seven stages

To implement the LTAD model, people must fully understand the seven stages.

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