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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

10 key principles of LTAD


It can be argued that there is no evidence that an early and high amount of sport-specific training is associated with greater success at a later stage (Vaeyens et al 2009). In addition, there is evidence that early specialisation may lead to negative outcomes for players or athletes, such as drop out and injuries (DeFiori et al 2014, Jayanthi et al 2011, VanSicle 2006). However, the S&C coach must be clear regarding what early specialisation is and is not. Is coaching a 6 year old player to pass a Rugby ball to a team mate evidence of early specialisation? It is likely not, provided that the young player is exposed to a broad range of fundamental movement skills during his or her activity time.

Figure 5. Practising the basic skills of the game in conjunction with a broader FMS range is highly desirable for the young player.