Long-Term Athlete Development

Long-Term Athlete Development

Sports and physical activity play an important role in our children’s healthy growth and development. Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) was developed to get parents, teachers, athletes and coaches in the sport and physical activity system on the same page with the goal to help understand the needs of young athletes and what may be done to promote their best interests. Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a CS4L model for development in physical activity and sport that not only provides a safe, enjoyable and progressive pathway for children to pursue healthy physical activity, but also provides a pathway to excellence. This CS4L/LTAD seven stage model promotes training, competitive and recovery programs based on an individual’s maturity level — instead of by chronological age. It provides a way for athletes and participants of all abilities/disabilities to develop from the playground to Olympic podium.

By applying LTAD to sport-specific situations, we are also able to better understand and combine systems between sport clubs, provincial/territorial and national sport organizations. View LTAD models for different sports. Learn more about the 10 Key Factors essential to athlete development.

By creating an LTAD pathway for athletes with disabilities, we can help increase the life of sport and activity for all Canadians with disabilities. Learn more about LTAD and the two other stages for Athletes with Disabilities.