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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


This topic will describe the dominant Long Term Athlete Development model that is popular in team sports. The model will be critically examined in light of recent research and underpinned by practical experience of operating the model. Ten key headings will be used to critique the model and the coach is asked to reflect on his or her own interpretation of long term development under these headings.


To provide a critical review of a commonly used long term athlete development model within a Rugby Union context.


The S&C coach will be able to use a 10 step evaluation process in critiquing a long term player development model.

Key terms

Adolescent Awkwardness:

The phase typically during peak height velocity when a player may display reduced coordination and power capacity.

Long Term Pathway:

The progression in terms of development and growth across several disciplines from early childhood years through to adulthood – all within a sport development context.

Peak Height Velocity:

The phase of most rapid growth in stature that typically occurs during the early teenage years.