Long Term Athlete Development

Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) provides a general framework of athlete development. LTAD describes a series of sequential stages for learning, training and competition, based on the maturation or development of an individual rather than chronological age. The LTAD framework recognizes the distinct phases of physical, mental, cognitive and emotional development of individuals, including those with a disability, and provides guidance for the design and delivery of quality sport programs and services.

The publication Canadian Sport for Life (PDF Format) outlines the standard LTAD framework, together with No Accidental Champions which includes considerations for persons with a disability.

Federal, provincial, and territorial Ministers of Sport endorsed the Canadian Sport for Life concept in 2004 and are working towards implementing the principles of LTAD within their jurisdictions. Sport Canada has embedded LTAD in the Sport Development Framework and in its policies and programs.

There is a standard LTAD framework that forms the basis for sport-specific models developed by National Sport Organizations. This has been supplemented with additional information for athletes with a disability.

For more information on sport-specific models for both able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability, contact the appropriate National Sport Organization as they have developed their own sport-specific LTAD frameworks.

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