Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)
Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a systemic approach being developed and adopted by Equine Canada to maximize a participant/athlete’s potential and involvement in our sport. The LTAD framework aims to define optimal training, competition and recovery programs based on biological age rather than chronological age. It is athlete-centered, coach-driven and administration, sport science and sponsor supported.
By tailoring a participant/athlete’s sports development program to suit basic principles of growth and maturation, especially during the “critical” early years of their development, enables him/her to:
- Reach full potential (Introduction through to Olympic podium)
- Increase lifelong participation in equestrian sport and other physical activities
- Improve health and well-being
This framework will set out recommended training sequences and skills development for the participant from the Active Start Stage (age 6 and under) to the Active for Life Stage (adult recreational). It will address the physical, mental, emotional and technical needs of the athlete as they pass through each stage of development.
- LTAD Resource Paper
- Competition Document
- Physical, Mental and Cognitive, and Emotional Development Characteristics