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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

Socio-cultural, cognitive and emotional development

We noted earlier that a biological LTAD model may not be holistic enough to capture all the factors that need consideration when reviewing a LTAD model for any sport including Rugby Union. Factors and traits other than the physical development of the player are important to consider in the overall long term development approach.

Figure 9. Social, cultural, cognitive and emotional factors all play a key role in a player’s involvement and development in the sport.

It is important that the long term model helps the S&C coach to understand the impact of other factors such as the social and cultural factors as well as cognitive and emotional development of the player. Such factors help the coach to understand the processes involved in the manner in which players interact with each other and the coaching staff as well as respond in a given coaching context and in competition. Also the S&C coach should recognise that while a player may be physically mature, the emotional maturation of a youth player may not keep pace with his or her physical development.