Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD)

Canadian Sport for Life is a movement to increase sport’s contribution in Canadian society recognizing sport as an important part of everyone’s life by promoting each child’s healthy and logical development in a sport or physical activity.

Contributed by Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) to the True Sport Movement.

The True Sport Movement believes sport can improve the lives of Canadians of all ages. These documents, developed by Canadian Sport for Life and the Canadian Sports Centres, emphasize sport as an important ingredient of healthy development for young people. They also present programs and ideas for sustaining Canadians’ love of sport over the long term: from children’s first involvement with sport to high-level adult competition to healthy, active living in later life.

Click here to visit the Canadian Sport for Life website.


Long Term Athlete Development

  • Maximizing the Sport Experience for our Children (4.39 MB)

    This article looks at the questions parents should be asking coaches, clubs, and themselves to ensure their child is not only being taught age appropriate technical skills, but also learning and gaining positive values in the process.

  • Linking Sport for Life with Management by Values (2.13 MB)

    By connecting the True Sport principles to the LTAD stages, readers will come away with practical information and practices they can immediately apply in their sport organizations.

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    "As a professional athlete, it's important for me to live a True Sport lifestyle, as I not only represent myself, but I represent the team at the front of my jersey, and the family at the back."

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