The Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year. During the past decade, all 56 national sport organizations (NSOs) in Canada have adopted and implemented a sport-specific LTAD framework. These frameworks – with variations to suit each specific sport – outline a clear pathway for athletes to develop physical literacy on their way to pursuing excellence and/or becoming active for life.
Athletic excellence takes time. There is no fast-track process. Researchers claim it takes 10,000 hours while sport scientists and coaching experts say 8–12 years, meaning a decade should give us an idea as to how this thing is working. For early adopters of LTAD with almost 10 years behind them, what’s the verdict?
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