NSCA Releases Position Statement on Long-Term Athletic Development

June 16, 2016

Colorado Springs, CO – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently released a position statement in reference to the growing interest in long-term athletic development for youth. Long-term athletic development refers to the sustained habitual development of athleticism over time to improve health, fitness, and performance with reduced risk of injury that will enhance confidence and competence in children and adolescents.

Included in the document are ten pillars of successful long-term athletic development, which are a summary of the key recommendations found in the statement. Practitioners should adhere to these pillars in order to enhance long-term participant performance, promote health and well-being, and minimize the risk of sport- or physical activity-related injury.  

This statement was written by an authorship team that was appointed by the NSCA and includes the following topic experts: Rhodri Lloyd, John Cronin, Avery Faigenbaum, Gregory Haff, Rick Howard, William Kraemer, Lyle Micheli, Gregory Myer, and Jon Oliver. 

Access to the position statement and additional resources is open and free to the public and can be found by clicking here

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 About the National Strength & Conditioning Association

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit professional association founded in 1978 and is dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning profession around the world.

The NSCA advances the profession by supporting strength and conditioning professionals devoted to helping others discover and maximize their strengths. The organization disseminates research-based knowledge and its practical application by offering industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, and continuing education opportunities. The NSCA community is composed of more than 45,000 members and certified professionals who further industry standards as researchers, educators, strength coaches, personal trainers, and other roles in related fields.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the NSCA serves as a valuable resource for its members, the fitness industry, general public, and the media. The association provides a wide variety of resources and opportunities designed to strengthen, build, advance, and unify.

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