LTAD

Long term athletic development is the main reason I got into physical therapy.
Working with athletes from 6y/o to now professional athletes my thoughts on its importance have only been solidified.

The athlete that has a strong foundation of proper movement and has adequate mobility/stability from their youth will increase their performance and resilience to overuse injuries. Multi sport training and an offseason is also vital for optimal long term results.

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This picture shows the domains of fitness that athletes can improve on at certain points in their life. Movement is also something that can be worked on at a young age and progressed.

To parents and kids: The truth is no college or professional team cares if you are the best athlete at 10 y/o. They need an athlete that can perform at the collegiate/ professional level and not be a liability for reoccurring injuries. The best predictor for future injuries is precious injuries, so keeping kids safe is the ultimate priority for their well being and future success.

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