Active for Life and the Coaching Association of Canada

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.


Coaching Association of Canada partners with Active for Life in promoting physical literacy

The Coaching Association of Canada has partnered with Active for Life to communicate the importance of physical literacy and long-term athlete development (LTAD).


Walking the walk: the coach as role model

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.


4 steps to becoming a role model coach

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.


Top 5 reasons kids play sports

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.


6 tips for teaching parents about LTAD

Here’s what you need to know to educate parents so that their kids can develop full potential in sports.


Talent development vs. talent identification: Give kids a chance

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.


Relative age and developmental age: Is your child getting shortchanged?

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.


Trainability: How far can training and practice take your child?

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.”


boy playing tennisIf you’re raising a child athlete, think long-term

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.


injured-young-playerSpecializing in sport could fast track your kids to the hospital, not the major leagues

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.


multiple-sports-apparatusWhy specializing early in one sport is a bad idea

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.


sport-specialization_repetitionSpecialization: What does it really mean?

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.


youth-free-play-silhouetteCan you guess the one thing that most elite athletes have in common?

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:

Learn how hopping, swinging, and catching are important first steps in your players #physicalliteracy:

One Comment

  1. Pierre Laframboise February 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    There are some sports where there has traditionally been pressure from governing sports bodies to develop athletes at a very young age. For example , figure skating, gymnastics, and hockey just to name a few. Both parents and coaches need to voice there concerns to the governing bodies to keep the emphasis in broadening a young athlete’s development by encouraging participation in other sports at a very young age, plus encouraging and facilitating this into adolescence. I have seen too many young athletes with repetitive and overuse injuries before they have the opportunity to reach their full potential in a specific sport and many others not able to continue or enjoy the sport they love in adulthood because of debilitating strain injuries suffered while they were younger. Kudos for raising the profile of this issue as well as encouraging, educating and supporting coaches, parents and athletes in this regard.

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