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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


The long term development pathway has to be reflected in the competitive approach and structures that operate within the sport. This is a major challenge for all sports. In practice the game at the child and youth level has many differences to the adult game and this reflects the different stage of development within the long term development pathway.

Figure 11. Competition while at the heart of any sport is built upon participation and engagement.

Changes in the rules of the game have been influenced by the need to ensure maximum participation and engagement for all players especially at the child-youth level. These changes are central to a philosophy that relates to the meaning of ‘competition’ and reflect a greater awareness of the need to ensure that all players have a worthwhile and involved role in match play regardless of age and physical development.