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Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) Principles for Ironkids Triathlon: Part 2

In the first installment of this blog we talked about general concepts related to a Long Term Athletic Development approach for the Ironkids Triathlon age bracket of 6 through 15.  In part two of this blog, we'll delve more specifically into the first two stages of the LTAD model: Active Start and FUNdamentals.

Active Start

Overuse...or MISuse?

Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

Lessons in Intelligent Training from Coaching Legends

- It is the intelligent design of training, specifically tailored to each runner’s attributes and performance level that matters. If you make a long-term plan; you prevent burning out in the short-term.  No single workout matters much in the big-picture! Running hundreds of moderate workouts will transform your body and racing capacity, over time. 

-Tom "Tinman" Schwartz, M.S.

Sensorimotor Considerations in the Assessment of Arch Stability

Question: I have been told that I have high arches. Thus, my foot might require support. If my arch collapses, over time, I will develop Plantar Fasciitis. Is there a test for weak arches? I have been wearing my Vibram 5 Fingers. I also frequently practice picking up items with my toes (marbles, towels, etc)?

A Survey of Functional Movement Screening Applications in the Military

“Most Marines have training methods that are simply inappropriate, archaic or a bit of both,” he said. “That’s really an important thing for us to change. When you’re young and resilient, you can do a lot of things you may not be able to do as you grow, and it’s not always an age thing, it’s kind of a mileage thing” -Dr. Charlie Weingroff, DPT, Lead Physical Therapist Marine Corps Special Operations Command

The Art of the Fartlek for Distance Runners

Fartlek: 1952, Swedish, from fart "speed" (O.N. fara "to go, move;" see fare (v.)) + lek "play" (O.N. leika "play;" see lark (v.))


An Afternoon on the Practice Tee at the Accenture Match Play

I had the opportunity to attend the Monday practice round at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Arizona (just outside Tucson).   Always a great learning experience to not only watch the best in the world honing their craft, but also to watch their interaction with their support staff of coaches, trainers, caddies, and equipment reps.  Here are a few videos from Monday afternoon on the practice tee.  Good to see lots of TPI representation both among players and support staff.