Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a widely discussed element of sports training and whilst it is generally agreed that it is a vital component of any coaching repertoire, there is a lot of discussion and debate over the best model – if indeed there is one – and which factors are actually relevant to the individuals within the sport they partake.
Too often connotations of ‘early specialisation’ are brought up – particularly in relation to swimming – and there tends to be a desire to pay a large amount of attention to ‘building qualities’ and teaching and training young athletes ‘how to train’. And the answer seems in a lot of cases to be volume. The perception that by giving young athletes a large amount of volume will enhance their potential for long term success is limited owing to the large amount of swimmers who drop out of the sport or who have to retire early due to injury. Read More