Advantages Of Long Term Athlete Development

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Introduction Long Term Athlete Development is a road map for physical and mental development. It is a training, competition and recovery program based on biological age rather than chronological age. LTAD provides two models, one for early specialization sports with five main phases and the other for late specialization sports with seven main phases. According to Robertson and Way in the article Long-Term Athlete Development state; Individuals who practise and develop through the LTAD model experience training and competition in programs that consider their biological and training ages in creating period plans specific to their developmental needs. Literature Review The LTAD model covers every aspect of human physical development and it…show more content…
According to Balyi, physical education should provide a good base also known as physical literacy. Physical literacy is the general movement of skills and the technical and tactical skills for an active lifestyle. Without physical literacy, participation in sport will be either limited or delimited. If physical literacy is established during early stages of development, children can then choose between competitive and recreational sports. According to Ford et al, 2011 in the article The Long-Term Athlete Development model: Physiological evidence and application; argues that the LTAD model lacks empirical evidence. Supporting this Bailey et al, 2010 also questions the ‘windows of opportunity’ whether it actually help to better an athlete or will it help an athlete to reach their full potential at a younger age. In a study conducted by Graf et al, 2005 showed that a long-term school based intervention can improve aspects of physical literacy among 6 to 9 year old. However in contrary to this in a follow-up study conducted by Barnet et al, 2009 argues that a year-long intervention during childhood did not have long-lasting effects on overall physical literacy. This shows lack of reasonable anecdotal evidence regarding LTAD. However, more research will help to quantify the existence of the ‘window of opportunity’ concept fundamental movement and if training these in…show more content…
In my netball career I am still competing at national team level. However, in my gymnastics career I had to stop earlier. This purpose helps me to inhibit some of the passion I have for the sport to my athletes. Together with this coaching principle I also hope that the passion I inhibit in my students will develop them to be skilful, have a positive attitude and a positive behaviour in order to teach others. Some things I learned in my coaching experience, in which I consider to be part of my coaching philosophy is to always reflect on the sessions I give to my students and athletes in order to better myself. Also I try to listen to my students as sometimes they will be delivering messages that I could learn from them. Conclusion I find that one’s coaching philosophy can change according to the experiences one might have through-out their career. I feel that from when I have started to coach my coaching philosophy changed. From my personal reflections after my sessions, I feel that I have grown to have a better coaching philosophy resulting to being a more confident
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