The Elements Of Talent Development In Youth Sport

Authored by: Matthew Vierimaa , Karl Erickson , Jean Côté

Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415840033
eBook ISBN: 9780203795002
Adobe ISBN: 9781134469932


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The development of talent in young athletes is often regarded as the fundamental goal of youth sport programmes. Indeed, countries around the world spend countless dollars designing and implementing athlete development programmes aimed at fostering athletic talent in youngsters to allow them to compete at elite levels of sport. One such approach to talent development that has been adopted by multiple countries is the Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD; Balyi and Hamilton, 2004). The LTAD model has been well-received and implemented by national sporting organizations in countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia (Bailey et al., 2010). For example, in Canada, a general LTAD model has been published by Canada Sport for Life (2008), which has since been adapted and implemented by over fifty unique Canadian sport organizations.

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