Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a systemic approach being developed to maximize a participant’s potential and involvement in sport.
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 many countries and implementing this model in their judo teams (Canada, UK, Portugal, South Africa, Australia, Trinidad & Tobago), but is it necessary for a country to have a model of talent development?
In this interview we talked about this topic with Professor Cornelis Van Kooten from Canada, who published the article “Re-Considering Long-Term Athlete Development on Coach Education: An Illustration From Judo” in 2016.