The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model is a framework for an optimal training, competition and recovery schedule for each stage of athletic development. Coaches who engage in the model and its practices are more likely to produce athletes who reach their full athletic potential.
The LTAD model has been developed based on the research of the Canadian Sport Centres LTAD expert group. The principles of this research have been adopted by Athletics Canada as the framework for the proper management of youth and adolescent growth and development processes, and identified the critical periods of accelerated adaptation to training.
Long Term Athlete Development