Active for Life is a national initiative about physical literacy, and we’ve partnered with the Coaching Association of Canada to provide information for coaches to learn about physical literacy and the long-term athlete development model that is at the core of healthy sports for kids.
The articles below are written with parents in mind, so they are great to share with your parents. The more parents understand the benefits of LTAD, the easier it will be for coaches.
We’ve also included some Facebook and Twitter posts that you can use to share the importance of physical literacy and long-term athlete development.
The Coaching Association of Canada has partnered with Active for Life to communicate the importance of physical literacy and long-term athlete development (LTAD).
Coaches and parents set the tone for players and children who are participating in sports. Winning is great, but the way you win is also rewarding. And kids are still developing, so the key is to support having fun.
Coaches working in community minor sports and coaching kids minor leagues will do well to adopt codes of conduct for players, parents, and coaches as they remember the role model effect of being a coach.
Study after study comes up with the same result. Kids play sports for the fun of it. And not having fun is one of the major reasons 70 percent of kids quit playing sports by the time they’re 13.
Here’s what you need to know to educate parents so that their kids can develop full potential in sports.
Many sport organizations still try to perform talent identification and talent selection in child athletes prior to adolescence, but it is better to take a talent development approach prior to the teen growth spurt.
Developmental age and the relative age effect have a big effect on youth sports and the long term development of children in sport and physical activity, as many coaches, teachers, and parents mistake advanced maturation and older relative age for talent and skill.
Different kids respond differently to the exact same training. Whether it’s lifting weights, practicing flexibility, training for speed, or building aerobic endurance, every child will have a different training response. Sport scientists call it “trainability.”
The Long-Term Athlete Development model was created to ensure that sport and activities for kids are developmentally appropriate according to maturation during child development. A key part of LTAD is physical literacy, and child physical literacy should be developed by the onset of the growth spurt.
To help minimize the possibility of repetitive sports injury, sign your kids up for different activities that will allow them to perform a variety of movement skills.
Athlete and sport specialization is a hot topic in long term athlete development for parents who want to pressure their children to become superstar professional athletes, but they should look at late specialization, sport sampling and early diversification rather than early specialization in sport.
Early and premature sport specialization creates the danger that children will get overuse injuries and burnout; thus parents need to start by understanding what specialization means.
Coaches, elite athletes, sport scientists, and medical professionals all weigh in on the merits of the multi-sport approach to sport training.
Social media posts
Use these tweets and Facebook posts to share this page with your coaches and parents:
What is #physicalliteracy about? And why is it important for your players? Find out: http://ow.ly/VqYW1
Learn how hopping, swinging, and catching are important first steps in your players #physicalliteracy: http://ow.ly/VqZQ8