Long Term Athlete Development
Lifesaving Sport is an activity for life, participated in by young and old. Hundreds of Canadians participate in some form of this sport every day. Lifesaving has a place for anyone who loves to swim, run, paddle or save lives.
The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model provides a framework to ensure that Lifesaving Sport continues to grow. LTAD principles help to build the athletic ability of Lifesaving Sport athletes by developing a foundation of fundamental movement skills, as well as, by introducing fitness and lifesaving sport skills at the appropriate biological and chronological age.
With ever increasing obesity rates in Canada and the associated health costs, it is imperative to encourage lifelong participation in physical activity to ensure the health of our nation. Lifesaving Sport can play an important role, not only as a catalyst to sport, but in the ongoing education of Canadians in drowning prevention. By improving physical literacy, the LTAD model will help to develop lifelong ambassadors in physical activity, sport participation and public aquatic safety.
LTAD will guide us in analyzing the Canadian Lifesaving Sport program; to highlight its gaps and shortcomings, and to aid in developing solutions. The implementation of the LTAD principles will enable Lifesaving Sport in Canada to excel, and keep our athletes competitive throughout the world.