When a coach designs a training, competition, and recovery program for an athlete, the age of the athlete must be taken into consideration. However, along with chronological age, other factors must be taken into consideration as well. This cannot simply be done by checking the athlete’s date of birth.
Obviously athletes with the same chronological age but differing developmental age need different fitness and skill programs. As well, coaches need to consider mental, cognitive and emotional development in planning and programming. Too often, programs are based on chronological age and disregard developmental age (early, average and late maturers).
We would like to personally welcome you to the new Canadian Sport for Life website and now the new CS4L Blog. Over the past year together we have all made some big leaps in the CS4L movement. We have had the opportunity, with the support of B2Ten to start building the movement from “the bottom up” with our Actif pour la Vie / Active for Life initiative, we have entered the next phase of the movement – Phase 3: implementation, and we now have refreshed our website to make it more user friendly and are entering the world of social media with our Twitter account, Facebook page and now the blog.
The CS4L Blog will be an area for CS4L Champions – you – to interact with and learn from the Leadership Team as we talk about the great work that is happening in Canada, and around the world, and delve into our areas of expertise and hot button topics.