Dollarphotoclub_60531235The EAX All Stars Program focuses on the fundamental needs of our youth athletes based on their individual stage of development as opposed to the exact sport or position that they might currently be playing. Let’s face it, most of our youth athletes do not need “faster feet” or “more muscle.” Instead, focusing on improved or strengthened motor patterns, as well as proficiency in multiple types of movement are going to cause a much greater increase in the ability to play a sport.

youthgraphicThe EAX All Stars program is based upon the Long Term Athlete Development Model and executed with the same precision, planning, and tools that produce some of the top US Professional Athletes.

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. This is the logic behind the Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD).

There are seven stages within the basic LTAD model:

Stages 1, 2 and 3 develop physical literacy before puberty so children have the basic skills to be active for life. Physical literacy also provides the foundation for those who choose to pursue elite training in one sport or activity after age 12.

Stages 4, 5 and 6 provide elite training for those who want to specialize in one sport and compete at the highest level, maximizing the physical, mental and emotional development of each youth athlete.

Stage 7 is about staying Active for Life through lifelong participation in competitive or recreational sport or physical activity.

To optimize the development of our youth athletes, we need to take advantage of the best sport science and best practices in coaching and training. LTAD does this by codifying important elements of sport science and coaching practices into the 10 Key Factors of LTAD:

  1. Physical Literacy
  2. Specialization
  3. Developmental Age
  4. Sensitive Periods
  5. Mental, Cognitive and Emotional Development
  6. Periodization
  7. Competition
  8. Excellence Takes Time
  9. System Alignment and Integration
  10. Continuous Improvement – Kaizen

Dollarphotoclub_64493541Along with sport science and coaching, the 10 Key Factors include broader principles behind the way we organize and manage sport. For example, competition scheduling to optimize athlete development, organizational alignment of different groups and agencies that make up the “sport system”, and the philosophy of Continuous Improvement so we always work to make our science, coaching, and system of athlete development better.

So no matter what sport your child plays or will play, we have a system in place to help them be successful in the short and long terms. The same 9 step training process of Pillar Preparation, Movement Preparation, Plyometrics, Medicine Ball, Movement Skills, Strength, Energy Systems Development, Regeneration, and Nutrition that we apply to our professional athletes will be specifically tailored to meet their needs based off of the factors listed above. The goal is to provide a foundation of injury prevention, adequate mobility, increased stability, and efficient movement patterns that we can then build sport specific skills on top of.

We leave the X’s and O’s to the coaches, but make your child successful through proven strategies to increase performance both on and off of the field.

To learn more about the LTAD visit http://canadiansportforlife.ca/learn-about-canadian-sport-life or click on any of the hyperlinks above to view the specifics of that stage or factor.