Long Term Athlete Development, LTAD, is the system that has been created to help develop sports in Canada. LTAD is the continuum of physical literacy, which is important in the development of future athletes and keeping children and adults engaged in physical activities. Comprised of seven sequential stages of development, LTAD helps establish physical literacy necessary to a life long enjoyment of recreational activities, while supporting the development of our future sports stars. The stages of LTAD also ensure that children get exposed to all sort of sports and develop skills that might make physical activity easier, fun and make it more likely to that they will enjoy sports on into adulthood.
The seven stages of the Long Term Athlete Development model are:
- Active Start (0-6 years)
- Fundamentals (males 6-9, females 6-8)
- Learning to Train (males 9-12, females 8-11)
- Training to Train (males 12-16, females 11-15)
- Training to Compete (males 16-23+/-)
- Training to Win (males 19+/-, females 18+/-)
- Active for Life (enter at any age)
Each stage in the LTAD model helps develop athletes at all levels of the progression from the Christine Sinclairs through to athletes who participate recreationally. Participants introduced to any given stage of Long Term Athlete Development model are able to attain knowledge and make entry into the next stage of development that much easier. The purpose of the stages is to offer a continuum through which all Canadians are able to participate in sports and be active for life. LTAD stages are the building block to life long enjoyment of physical activities.
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