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Long-Term Development

What is Long-Term Athlete Development?

LTAD is a new wave in athlete development, based on the integration of sport science research with experience in working with athletes and coaches to develop a comprehensive set of development principles. LTAD takes the concept of periodization (the integration of competition, training, recovery, nutrition, and other elements of preparation to create a long-term training plan) to the next level, by integrating preparation over an entire career or lifetime, and considering the holistic development of the individual as well as his/her development as an athlete.

Today, every Canadian sport organization is using LTAD as the basis for their long-term planning. More information can be found in the document “Canadian Sport for Life”, as well as other LTAD resource papers published by the Canadian Sport Centres and available at www.canadiansportforlife.ca/.


Wrestling Canada’s Pieces to Success

Wrestling Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development model was created as part of a national initiative to be a blueprint for all stakeholders. It was developed with the input of Canada’s wrestling experts, with the assistance of the LTAD Expert Group, and drawing on the experience and best practices of other sports.The model is:

  • A Pathway to Canadian Wrestling
  • Made in Canada Framework
  • Athlete Centred
  • Coach Driven
  • Sport System Supported

The details of how LTAD will be implemented will be developed in the next phase. The successful implementation of the LTAD model will lead to better and more skilful wrestlers, and a thriving sport supported by quality coaches, officials and volunteers at all levels in Canada.

For more information on purchasing the LTAD package, please contact the National Office by phone at 613-748-5686 or by email at: [email protected].


LTAD Resources

Wrestling Canada Lutte LTAD Manual
LTAD Information for Parents
Introduction to Physical Literacy
Developing Physical Literacy
Long-Term Coach Development
Maximizing the Sport Experience for Children
No Accidental Champions – LTAD for Athletes with a Disability
LTAD 2.0
Competition is a Good Servant, but a Poor Master