Long-term Athlete Development

Author(s): Istvan Balyi


Long-Term Athlete Development describes how to systematically develop sporting excellence and increase active participation in local, regional and national sport organisations. This resource describes the long-term athlete development (LTAD) model, an approach to athlete-centered sport that combines skill instruction with long-term planning and an understanding of human development. By learning about LTAD, sport administrators and coaches will gain the knowledge and tools to enhance participation and improve performance and growth of athletes. This is an essential guide to improving the quality of sport, developing high-performance athletes and creating healthy, active citizens. It shows how to systematically develop sporting excellence.


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Istvan Balyi, is a sport consultant and expert in Canadian Sport for Life and long-term athlete development and remains involved in the programme delivery of planning and periodization and LTAD. Richard Way, is a project leader and expert in Canadian Sport for Life and long-term athlete development. Way has served as a long-term athlete development advisor for 30 sports in 4 countries. Colin Higgs, PhD, is a sport consultant and expert in long-term athlete development. He has worked with many national governments and non-governmental sport and disability sport organizations.

Part I. Introduction to Long-Term Athlete Development; Chapter 1. Long-Term Athlete Development Model; Part II. Key Factors in Long-Term Athlete Development; Chapter 5. Age; Chapter 11. Sport System Alignment and Integration; Part III. Stages of Long-Term Athlete Development; Chapter 13. Active Start; Chapter 17. Train to Compete; Chapter 19. Active for Life.

General Fields

  • : 9780736092180
  • : Human Kinetics Publishers
  • : Human Kinetics Publishers
  • : August 2013
  • : 279mm X 216mm
  • : September 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 296
  • : 70 illustrations, 43 photos
  • : Istvan Balyi
  • : Hardback