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:

 

About Rick Howard

Interested in sharing information on youth-centered fitness, youth sports, and youth coaching.

Posted on August 15, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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