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LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
Profile of players
Functional screening
Resistance training
Speed and agility training
Integrated game conditioning

LTAD overview

Pre-LTAD practices

Until recently, most national sporting bodies were superimposing adult/male perspectives on all levels of participants. This was a common trend in sport internationally. The introduction of the LTAD model challenged the adult dominated methodology for athlete development and so most sports including Rugby Union have embraced the principles of the LTAD model as articulated by Balyi and Way (2005).

Recent reviews and studies however, on the appropriateness of different training methods and approaches lead us to reconsider many of the principles of long term player development.