Just as philosophy and the arts help develop the intellectual, spiritual and emotional aspects of ourselves, sports help us develop the physical.
To promote personal development amongst all our athletes, we strongly adhere to the fundamentals of the Athletics Canada Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD). In order to successfully develop and achieve personal goals, you must train. The amount of training that you do depends on your goals and your desire to succeed. An excerpt from the LTAD Program shown below, speaks to the importance of setting the foundation for proper training, the significance to an early start and the increased quality of life from participating in physical activity.
At the early stages of development, it is imperative that sport development programs are designed around critical periods of accelerated adaptation to training. These periods of development represent the time when children are ready and able to develop fundamental sport skills and abilities such as running, jumping and throwing. In addition they are able to improve their speed, agility and balance, which are related sport skills that will serve them well in track and ﬁeld as well as in other sports.
Children who do not develop their fundamental motor skills by age 12 are unlikely to reach their genetic athletic potential. A lack of fundamental motor skills may mean the difference between a day on the couch versus a day at the soccer pitch or the difference between a gold medal performance and a 16th place ﬁnish at the Olympics.
Establishing a core set of motor skills early in life enables children to gain a sense of achievement and establish a positive relationship with sport and physical activity. Successful and positive experiences with sport at a young age, coupled with the acquisition of transferable sports skills, will enable children to become proﬁcient in a number of different sports. Proﬁciency in many types of physical activity may increase the chances of lifelong participation in physical activity, which could increase longevity and overall quality of life.
It is strongly recommended that you read the LTAD Program found here!
You may ask, How do I measure success? In the sport of Track and Field, it is not uncommon for an athlete to compare their results with the competition. While this is a normal behaviour, it is not realistic. For many reasons, some athletes are more successful in competition than others. Reasons such as a better training regimen and early physical development (strength, coordination) are prime examples. It is because of these factors, that a track athlete should measure their success based on the measurement of their event(s). If you run a 17.00s 100m in your first race ever, strive to beat that time the next race and each subsequent race after that. The only way you will improve is by training. You cannot expect to get better if you don’t. Practice may not make perfect, but you WILL definitely get better.