Understanding LTAD

  • Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a systemic approach adopted by Wheelchair Basketball Canada to maximize a participant's potential and involvement in our sport.

    The Wheelchair Basketball Athlete Development Model is an adaptation of the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) approach as described by Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L). The rationale behind LTAD is the recognition that better athletic performance and an active nation are both outcomes of a well-defined athlete development pathway.

    LTAD aims for optimal training, competition and recovery programming in relation to biological development and maturation. LTAD also promotes equal opportunity and inclusion for all participants, and an athlete-centred approach to coaching and program design. To achieve these aims, LTAD incorporates the most current research in sport science and coaching best practices to deliver optimal programming.
    Understanding LTAD

    Goals of the Wheelchair Basketball Canada LTAD:

    • To provide a consistent, acceptable framework for coaches to use in developing players.
    • To provide consistent leadership in the development of wheelchair basketball in Canada.
    • To provide age and stage appropriate competition to practice ratios that will allow our players to develop the skills that are fitting for their stage of development.
    • To place the suitable emphasis on winning that is required for each stage of development.
    • To ensure that the fundamental movement and mental, technical and tactical wheelchair basketball skills are being introduced in a systematic and timely way.
    • To ensure appropriate considerations are taken to design programs that will be inclusive and allow everyone the potential for self-fulfillment.
    • To recognize the importance of quality leadership at all levels of programming.

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