Coaching for Long-term Athlete Development
How to apply LTAD to your coaching practices
Coaching Practices for Long-Term Athlete Development
Childhood obesity and the concern for national well being are key issues in today's society. The importance of regular sport and exercise for children is high profile.
Whether you are a sport coach, teacher, parent or player, everybody has a responsibility in ensuring the long-term athlete development of young performers.
Based on the Long-term Athlete development (LTAD) model
Uses activities and principles developed by Dr Istvan Balyi. This book focuses on maximising player development to encourage a life-long commitment to sports and exercise. It takes you through all the practical applications of the LTAD model, helps you identify and develop talented athletes and integrate this new approach into your coaching practice.
It is designed to help you:
- coach the young developing performer
- prepare players to reach elite development
- focus on the importance of having fun in sport.
And provide the athlete with activities that suit each development stage and lay foundations for the future.
- Author: Ian Stafford and Dr Istvan Balyi, Worldwide Advisor on LTAD
- Copyright Year: 2005
- ISBN: 9781902523705
- Length: 52 pages
What is LTAD?
- Optimal windows of trainability
- Developing key performance components:
The LTAD Model
- Key Stages of LTAD:
- Learning to Train
- Training to Train
- Training to Compete
- Training to Win
Summary of Periodisation and Progression
- Key Messages for Coaching Practice:
- Development targets
- LTAD in practice
- Developing key performance components
- Physical, mental/cognitive and emotional development in children
- Statement of player/athlete capacities at each stage of the model
"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
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.