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Long term athlete development (LTAD)
Here are some background articles on LTAD. Whilst they may seem quite daunting to parents, we have put them up here to show some of the research that underpins our coaching.
It is easy to listen to anecdotal “Mum chat” on the sidelines of pitches, but this is usually misinformed (albeit well meaning) and you can get sucked into a vortex of competing with other children in the short term; most parents are operating week to week or month to month.
It is hard for parents to think long term when dealing with the day to day logistics involved with supporting a sporty child.
Putting it into practice requires expert support and guidance, and we have developed the Sports Training System for this reason.
Myer 2015 Sports Health Sport Specialization, Part I Does Early Sports Specialization Increase Negative Outcomes and Reduce the Opportunity for Success in Young Athletes
Myer 2015 Sports Health Sports Specialization Part II Alternative Solutions to Early Sport Specialization in Youth Athletes
"James worked with the Exeter and Taunton based Southwest Talent Centre scholarship athletes. He is deeply knowledgeable about strength and conditioning and has excelled at working with young athletes. His sessions are challenging and fun and he has succeeded in blending a group of athletes from a diverse range of sports into a cohesive training group.