In this podcast Derek gets schooled. It’s a deep dive into the science and practice of Long-Term Athlete Development & Preparation. In particular, we discuss the science & practice around Peak Height Velocity (PHV) and overall implementation of the LTAD principles and progressions.
James Baker is a sport performance specialist and one of the world’s top experts in Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and Preparation. He is the Head of National Talent Identification, Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach and Performance Support Lead for Aspire Academy in Dona, Qatar. He is also the co-founder (with Mike Young) of the LTAD Network (www.ltadnetwork.com), one of the world’s top resources in physical preparation & sport training development for youth.
Tom Crick is the Head of Athletics at Aspire Academy & former Director of Coaching & Athlete Development for Athletics Northern Ireland. Before that he was the Professional Development Manager & Qualifications Manager for British Athletics.
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· James’ Background
· What is LTAD?
· Pathways athletes take in development
· Importance of proper long term athletic preparation
· Technical / tactical development vs. physical development
· Peak Height Velocity (PHV)
· Parent height vs., predicted height and Pre / Circa / Post PHV
· Clown shoes and the order that body segments go through PHV
· C onsiderations for loading around PHV
· PHV & Apophysitis
· Volume of work around growth spurts & PHV
· Natural Volume Experiments at Aspire
· Criticism / efficacy around using PHV
· James’ data around pre / circa / post PHV
· PHV, Bioband and early / late maturers
· Practicality around tracking PHV
· Average Post-PHV age and the start of formal training
· Keeping Late maturers within the net
· Basic strength diagnostics and patterns for beginners
· Producing ‘elite athletes’ vs. any other athlete
· Organization for coaching developing athletes
· Why the pressure to succeed demands more competent coaching practice
· Why ‘Specialization’ is not a dirty word