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Long-Term Athletic Development Position Statement

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Given the growing interest surrounding youth strength and conditioning, the NSCA recently engaged a group of leading experts to author a position statement on long-term athletic development. The document proposes ten key pillars of successful long-term athletic development that practitioners should adhere to in order to enhance performance, promote health and well-being, and minimize the risk of sport- or physical activity-related injury.

Assessing Power in Youth Populations

December 31, 2018

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The administration and measurement of youth power development has become more available and familiar with the advances of technology. This excerpt introduces varieties of testing and administration practices to assess power in the youth population.

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Integrative Neuromuscular Training for Youth Basketball Players

January 1, 2014

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Strength and conditioning coaches with knowledge of the exercise principles for youth and the specific demands of basketball can design effective integrative neuromuscular training (INT) programs based on the individual needs of youth athletes.

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An Introduction for Parents: What is Long-Term Athletic Development?

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What does LTAD mean and how can parents get more involved with their child’s athletic development? Rick Howard provides an overview of youth development, important concepts to understand, ways to impact physical development, signs of overtraining, and further resources that are a great refresher for coaches and can be passed onto parents.

Using Your Creativity and Knowledge Base to Implement LTAD—A Sample LTAD Program and Lessons Learned

June 1, 2017

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This article describes an innovative approach that was used to implement a long-term athletic development (LTAD) program in a health club, and includes the steps used for implementation.

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From Flag to Friday Night—Long-Term Athlete Development in Youth American Football

February 11, 2019

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Approximately 2 million youth from 6 - 12 years of age participate in football every year. This article discusses the importance of long-term athletic development (LTAD) for youth football athletes and the significance of a player development pathway for long-term success and longevity in the sport.

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Why Strength and Conditioning Coaches Should Take Play Seriously

March 13, 2018

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Athletic performance can be enhanced through the use of implementing various unstructured, semi-structured, and structured play from the 12 types of play. These can be performed in the weight room, at a sports practice, or even at home.

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Youth Performance and Fitness—Strength and Conditioning Information for Parents

March 1, 2013

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Strength and conditioning professionals who incorporate a properly designed and supervised training program can help their young athletes train, compete, and reduce the likelihood of injury.

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Start Early—The Key to Preparing Athletes for the Rigors of High School Strength and Conditioning

October 1, 2013

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This article suggests how high school strength and conditioning coaches can not only prepare high school athletes for sports and fitness, but also help with the process of improving fitness and athleticism of all youth.

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The 10 Pillars for Successful Long-Term Athletic Development

May 1, 2017

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Learn about the 10 pillars of successful long-term athletic development, summarizing the key recommendations detailed within the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Position Statement on Long-Term Athletic Development (LTAD).

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