27 Sep '17, 9am

Book Review: Young Runners at the Top

Book Review: Young Runners at the Top

A theoretical framework, the Long-Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD for short) provides the road map for developing kids into athletes in a fair, age-appropriate manner. The LTAD is especially useful for high school running coaches who may be amateur runners themselves, but don’t have a lot of coaching experience or a background in training science. There are seven stages of development in the LTAD, starting from ages 0-6 (“Active Start”) to age 19 (“Train to win”). Start by making sure movement is fun; the book suggests several games for younger kids that involve lots of running. Over a period of ten or more years, introduce the different types and intensities of training and competition. Athletes who participated in a range of sports as kids have longer-term careers when they finally do choose their specialty, so it’s great to do a different sport each season. And if ...

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