Long-Term Athletic Development
- Long-Term Athletic Development pathways should accommodate for the highly individualized and non-linear nature of growth and development of youth.
- Youth of all ages, abilities, and aspirations should engage in long-term athletic development programs that promote both physical fitness and psychosocial well-being.
- All youth should be encouraged to enhance physical fitness from early childhood, with a primary focus on motor skills and muscular strength development.
- Long-term development pathways should encourage an early sampling approach for youth that promotes and enhances a broad range of motor skills.
- Health and well-being of the child should always be the center of long-term athletic development programs.
- Youth should participate in physical conditioning that helps reduce the risk of injury to ensure their on-going participation in long-term athletic development programs.
- Long-term athletic athletic development programs should provide all youth with a range of training modes to enhance both health- and skill-related components of fitness.
- Practitioners should use relevant monitoring and assessment tools as part of a long-term physical development strategy.
- Practitioners working with youth should systematically progress and individualize training programs for successful long-term athletic development.
- Qualified professionals and sound pedagogical approaches are fundamental to the success of long-term athletic development programs.
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Long-Term Athletic Development Position Statement