Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Olympics and LTAD

The 2016 Summer Olympics celebrate the Olympic ideal of a healthy body and a healthy mind. Looking at the Olympics from the perspective of Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD), the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are redefining long-term. Several LTAD models followed research that indicated that in many sports, peak Olympic performance occurs around age 25-27. Then the models back-mapped the developmental stages to get aspiring young athletes from “the playground to the podium.”

With improvements in biomechanical analysis, equipment (including swimming pools ), as well as strength and conditioning (including rest and recovery), many athletes, even at the highest levels of competition, can continue to not only compete in multiple Olympic Games, but win.

Here are a few observations from the Olympics that can help us promote LTAD on the big stage:


Please visit these excellent websites to learn more about LTAD to continue to promote a healthy, physically-active lifestyle, whether your dreams take you to the Olympics or around the block:



Training More Than Athletics...


To Discover What is New in Sport Sciences

The Healthy Schools LAB will heighten awareness and understanding of issues and opportunities surrounding health and wellness in the K to PhD education system and contribute to the collective development of a healthy, active society.


PE, Youth Sport and Physical Activity


The Learming Space- Coaching- Learning- Play

Functional Path Training

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The Educated Trainer

Information for future personal trainers

Changing the Game Project

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Human Kinetics Blog

The authority on physical activity