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Early Specialization and Injury: What We Know

Early Specialization and Injury: What We Know Early overspecialization, a focus on only one sport before adolescence, may help young athletes perform better at an early age, but is generally harmful to their long-term development. One particular area of concern is overuse injury, which may become chronic and career-ending injury, related to increased training and…
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Issues in Sport

Long-Term Athlete Development addresses historical problems in sport. Long-Term Athlete Development has been developed to answer issues that have historically hampered athlete development in many Canadian sports. Long-Term Athlete Development is designed to address problems such as over-competing, under-training, ignoring developmental stages, and more. Long-Term Athlete Development addresses several traditional shortcomings in the Canadian sport…
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Webinar : What Does Next Generation LTAD Look Like?

What Does Next Generation LTAD Look Like? Integrating Research and Experience Kaizen, the principle of constant improvement, is a key factor of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD). Since the first "Canadian Sport for Life - Long-Term Athlete Development" guide was released in 2005, and updated in 2013, LTAD has become one of the world’s most influential…
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The four elements for Inclusive Physical literacy

In my last article, I gave concrete tips to include a young person with a functional disability in a gym. Therefore, we must not forget that the development of physical literacy can happen in so many different activities and across various environments. In this article, you will read about the four elements of universal accessibility.…
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Pilot Implementation of the Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway: Sharing Successes and Lessons Learned

From November 2016 through to June 2017, Sport for Life and the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (ISPARC; B.C.’s Indigenous Sport Body) worked with four provincial sport organizations (PSOs) to pilot the implementation of the Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway. The overall goal of this work is to help mainstream sport better understand…
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In Brief: Bio-banding and Developmental Age

Vicki Harber, PhD and Paul Jurbala, PhD October 16, 2017 You’ve probably heard of the Relative Age Effect – the concept that when children are placed into groups such as school classes or sports based on their chronological age, those born early in the cohort may have physical or intellectual advantages compared to those born…
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