The Canadian Sport for Life Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) program sprouted up in 2005 and has been one of my primary resources when creating training plans for young runners.
The premise behind the project is simple- put together a set of guidelines so that athletes are doing the right training at the right time. CS4L details their mission better, explaining:
“Science, research and decades of experience all point to the same thing: kids and adults will get active, stay active, and even reach the greatest heights of sport achievement if they do the right things at the right times. This is the logic behind the Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD).”
Here is the CS4L-LTAD plan in it’s entirety. It should be required reading for anyone involved with youth sports.
Subsequent posts will take an in-depth look at the CS4L-LTAD plan and the training implications for young runners.