Sports for Life – Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is the model used to develop physical literacy from grass-root community programs to elite international competition and through to staying physically active for life. The model establishes the building blocks of fitness, sport, and health for life. It identifies the fundamental movement skills and training methods. LTAD can accelerate the improvement in strength, power, endurance and the ABCs: Agility, Balance, Coordination, and Speed essential for all developing athletes.
LTAD is a training, competition, and recovery program based on developmental age — the maturation level of an individual — rather than chronological age. It is participant-centred, coach driven and administration, sport science, and sponsor supported. The CS4L – LTAD framework is inclusive, addressing the needs of those individuals with a disability. Persons with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities confront both individual challenges and special opportunities in pursuing sport and physical activity. CS4L – LTAD has quickly become the organizing paradigm for Canadian sport.
“One of the guiding principles behind the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) movement is the key factor of continuous improvement, which is drawn from the respected Japanese industrial philosophy known as Kaizen. Never assume that Long-Term Athlete Development in its current form is ever complete or final. We operate from the position that it represents the best practices in coaching and athlete development as they are understood today.” – Canadian Sport for Life
More Resources From Canadian Sport for Life
Long Term Athlete Development 2.0 – The latest resource paper describing the seven-stage Canadian framework of LTAD, for which CS4L is the vehicle.