This document is an overview of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles as they relate to individuals with an intellectual disability. The purpose of the initial overview is to
- Describe LTAD and explain how the 11 key factors apply to individuals with an intellectual disability.
- Identify current issues in programming for participants whether they are pursuing lifelong physical fitness or more intensive levels of training for optimal competitive performance.
- Systematically and coherently outline how each stage of LTAD might apply to individuals with an intellectual disability.
- Present a model that will address variations according to individual interests and will meet the needs of all individuals with an intellectual disability, addressing the importance of a sequential and coherent athlete development system.
- Use the concepts presented in this document as a framework for evaluating existing programs, expanding partnerships with NSOs, and creating new initiatives
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