Mental, Cognitive and Emotional Development

LTAD works to develop the whole athlete – combining quality physical training with training and support for mental, emotional and cognitive development. Physical changes are not the only consideration.  

LTAD addresses the complete physical, mental, cognitive and emotional development of athletes – not just physical characteristics and performance qualities. Training, competition and recovery programs need to consider the mental, cognitive, and emotional development of each athlete.  

A major objective of LTAD is a holistic approach to athlete development. This includes emphasis on ethics, fair play, and character building throughout the various stages. Programming should be designed to consider athletes’ cognitive ability to address these concepts.

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