Sports for Life – Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Video

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Please share this video with your members!  It is a great educational tool for parents to understand why coaches do some of the things they do.

If you watch long enough there is some paddling and all those who attended a cross country ski camp in December may recognize some of the drills! 

Sports for Life – Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is the model used to

develop physical literacy from grass-root community programs to the

Olympics. The model establishes the building blocks of fitness and sport for

life. It identifies the fundamental sports skills and training methods. LTAD

can accelerate the improvement in strength, power, endurance and the ABCs:

Agility, Balance, Coordination, Speed essential for all developing athletes.

The model firmly grounded in scientific exercise physiology. Learn how to

take advantage of the windows of opportunity in training children based upon

biological growth, and indicators of peak height and strength velocities. We

are thrilled to have partnered with the founders of LTAD for this project.

The video is highly recommended for coaches and young athletes of all


XCZONE.TV produced a motivational kids video in 2004 that we sent to clubs

in US and Canada for FREE. The feedback was great and urged us to create a

more instructional product to help teach children. Meanwhile, the concept of

Long Term Athlete Development was emerging. So in 2007, we reached out to a

number of National Sports Organizations and the LTAD authors to combine

efforts. The LTAD core manuals provided the narrative and we synchronized

the video, to bring the concepts to life. We hope people will find it

helpful, and all sports will benefit.

We are donating this production free of charge for the long term athletic

development of our youth and a life of sport.

Please pass around to parents or coaches who you feel would benefit.

Best Regards,

David McMahon and Lise Meloche

Natural Fitness Laboratories

"Living and Coaching Natural Fitness through Clean Oxygen Fed Sport"

Ottawa, Ontario

K1S 5P5


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