How Athletics is Changing

Donna Harris, Director, Coach Development, Athletics Canada offers some LTAD insight in this article from Sport Manitoba

“At Athletics Canada, we know that running, jumping and throwing are not only skills for track and field but also are the basis for proficiency and enjoyment in many sports. Using the Long-term Athlete Development framework, we have designed our track and field curriculum to promote excellence within our sport while also developing athletes to enjoy other sports. Prior to the Athletics Canada Competition Review, all athletes whether they were 10 or 35 were competing in the same events. For athletics the issue was an adult competition structure transposed on children.

We know that the events in a track and field meet drives the type of training the athlete does. By changing the events to better suit the growth patterns of children and adolescents, we can make sure that the training is developmentally appropriate for athlete development…”


Also included – video clips with Sean Baynton,Coaching Coordinator, Athletics Manitoba answering some frequently asked LTAD questions.

View the full article from Sport Manitoba –


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