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Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) Principles for Ironkids Triathlon: Part 3

Old school multisport...Triathlon hadn't yet appeared in the Olympics when this picture was taken!

If you haven't done so, please see the first two installments of this blog series at:

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