What Coaches Need to Know About the NSCA Position Statement on Long-Term Athletic Development

by Rick Howard, MEd, CSCS,*D
NSCA Coach July 2014
Vol 3, Issue 3


It is incumbent on all youth coaches to provide youth with the very best opportunities to succeed and develop to the best of their potential. The 10 pillars of long-term athletic development and recommendations provide coaches with the information they need to help all youth reach their potential.

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This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach Â»



1. Lloyd, R, Cronin, J, Faigenbaum, A, Haff, G, Howard, R, Kraemer, WJ, et al. National Strength and Conditioning Association position statement on long-term athletic development. Official position stand of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 30(6): 1491-1509, 2016.

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Rick Howard is a doctoral candidate at Rocky Mountain University (UT) in Health Promotion and Wellness. He is an Assistant Professor in Applied Sport ...

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