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Long Term Athlete Development in Hockey

Today's hockey culture can be damaging the future of young players.  With year-round training schedules and the pressure to do more, players are being told to specialize at a young age.  This pressure can harm young athletes emotionally, academically and athletically.
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Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Resource Paper

This document outlines the 10 key factors influencing Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and the stages of LTAD as they apply to athletes and sport in Canada. Serving as an introduction to LTAD, CS4L discusses the impact of LTAD on parents, coaches, clubs, sport science and the education system. CS4L is the first Canadian LTAD document published.
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Sleep, Recovery, and Human Performance

Sleep has a direct effect on metabolic processes such as energy balance, appetite and weight control. Attending to the importance of it will reduce the risk of over-training/under-recovery, enhance resistance to illness and will improve recovery from energy. This article will explore the importance of considering sleep in LTAD.

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Developing Physical Literacy - A Guide For Parents of Children Ages 0 to 12

Physical literacy is the development of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills that permit a child to move confidently and with control, in a wide range of physical activity, rhythmic (dance) and sport situations.
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Athletes with a Disability - No Accidental Champions

Canadian Sport for Life is pleased to release the 2nd edition of No Accidental Champions:  Long-Term Athlete Development for Athletes with Disabilities.  This document builds upon the Canadian SSport for Life Resource paper and No Accidental Champions, 1st Ed. and addresses additional or uniquie factors that need to be considered by athletes, coaches, parents, administrators and health professionals in the delivery of sport and physical activity specifically for athletes with a disability.  
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Coaching Female Athletes

This publication is designed as a reference for coaches of female athletes. It provides information about the needs, interests and experience of female athletes to support coaches in fostering their physical, mental, emotional and social potential.  Regardless of the gender of the coach, he or she must recognize the specific needs of their athletes and understand the unique characteristics of female athletes.  This revised publication comes from Coaches BC.  If you would like to quote or reprint from the publication, please request permission and use the following reference: Watson, L. J. (2011). Coaching Female Athletes. Richmond, BC: Coaches Association of BC.  Click here for the publication

A Sport Parent's Guide

A supplementary document that introduces the stages of the CS4L model and provides guidance for parent's of active children.
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Long Term Athlete Development Information for Parents

This booklet is a simplified explanation of LTAD and how it related to the stages of a child’s development. It is intended to provide parents with guidance and information to make the right sport decisions.
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Canadian Sport for Life Poster

This foldout brochure describes the stages of LTAD along with inspiring quotes from exceptional Canadian athletes depicting how their journey in sport has followed the stages of LTAD.
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The Role of Monitoring Growth in Long-Term Athlete Development

By Istvan Balyi & Richard Way
This document is intended for coaches who have a solid working knowledge of periodizing annual programs. We hope that the information provided in this document will help coaches develop and deliver training, competition and recovery programs that are specific to the developmental level of the individual(s) they are coaching.
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Creating Quality Sport at Basketball Manitoba

Many athletes think of the social aspect of participating in sports as an added bonus, but when it comes to producing quality sport, bringing people together is a necessary measure. Basketball Manitoba’s new strategic vision focuses on just this. As the organization plans for the future, it is broadening its strategy to include a number of basketball’s stakeholders with both direct and indirect ties to the sport. With different voices finally connecting, these actions are yielding a more united and informed climate for basketball in the more.

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