Long Term Athlete Development, or LTAD, is a concept adopted by Sport Canada and ultimately all amateur sports in Canada which conceptualizes the idea that each sport has individual needs for the ideal development from early motor development, to competing in the Summer Olympics or staying in the game with a sport for life atmosphere.

The stages of development include Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learning to Train, Training to Train, Training to Compete, Learning to Win, Training to Win and Active for Life.

The 2018 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games for Badminton will be U15 & U17 which will respectively fit in the “Training to Train” and “Training to Compete” phases of the Badminton LTAD.

Training to Train – Major fitness development phase with emphasis on aerobic development at onset of growth spurt.  Aerobic conditioning, speed, strength at end of stage, flexibility, badminton skills, tactical preparation and other sports.  Overall plan should include approximately 15% off court training, 45% on court training, 30% on court competition simulation & 10% real competition.

Training to Compete – Developing performance and optimizing fitness and recovery.  Concentrate on speed, strength, power, plyometrics, endurance, badminton skills and more tactical training specific to event.  Overall plan should include approximately 15% off court training, 25% on court training, 40% on court competition simulation and 20% real competition.

More information on Badminton Canada’s LTAD can be found at, or to read the full Badminton LTAD Manual, visit Badminton Canada’s Pathway Page.

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