Not all athletes are created equal. Therefore, not all athletes should be trained equally. A key feature of the Youth Specific program at DiVerge Fitness is Long-Term Athletic Development (LTAD). This is developmental pathway whereby athletes follow optimal training, competition, and recovery regimens. Science, research and decades of experience all point to the same thing: kids and adults will get active, stay active, and even reach the greatest heights of sport achievement if they do the right things at the right times.
The LTAD approach focuses on the having kids perform age-appropriate skill acquisition drills to maximize athletic potential. LTAD gets progressively more complicated and more specialized as the athlete develops and reaches the next level of development. Tudor Bumpa, who is the father of periodization from the Romanian Institute of Sport, described it best is saying that “from early childhood to maturation, people go though several stages of development, which includes pre-puberty, puberty, post-puberty, and maturation. For each development stage there is a corresponding phase of athletic training”.