Rethinking Implementing Long Term Athlete Development

Ian Jeffreys

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    Despite numerous models and papers outlining its potential, Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) is still to attain a position where it is a unifying approach in youth sport programs. Despite isolated cases of success, the systematic application of long term athletic development remains elusive - clearly something is awry. As the application of LTAD requires behavior change, it is important that this perspective is woven into LTAD approaches. This article will examine some fundamental principles drawn from behavioral sciences and apply these to the quest to enhance the application of LTAD in the real world.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)46-51
    JournalStrength and Conditioning Journal
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2018


    • Long-term Athlete Development
    • LTAD
    • young athletes
    • behavior change


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