Kaizen - LTAD and CS4L (Istvan Balyi)
In the spirit of Kaizen, Continuous Improvement, we are looking to improve Canadian Sport for Life and Long-Term Athlete Development. With that in mind I announced new and improved 10 Key Factors and expanding the 5 S’s to 10 S’s at the 2012 Canadian Sport for Life Summit.
The new 10 Key Factors are:
- Physical Literacy
- Developmental Age
- Sensitive Periods
- Physical, Mental, Cognitive, and Emotional Development
- Calendar Planning for Competition
- System Alignment
- Excellence Takes Time
The FUNdamentals, which was Key Factor #2, becomes Physical Literacy because it is a broader concept and describes better Fundamental Movement skills and FUNdamental Sport Skills. We have changed Trainability to Sensitive Periods because again is much broader concept and the title is better description of Factor # 4. The 10 Year Rule is now Key Factor #9 and it is renamed to Excellence Takes Time due to know research findings, while we also change the last Key Factor, Continuous Improvement, to Kaizen.
In addition to the original 5 S’s (Stamina/Enduarance, Strength, Speed, Skill and Suppleness/Flexibility), there are now an additional 5 S’s:
- Structure / stature
With these additional 5 Ss LTAD now contribute better to the holistic development of the athlete.
Istvan Balyi is a member of the Canadian Sport for Life Leadership Team and a world renowned coaching educator; his series on Long-term Athlete Development (LTAD) and periodization have been published in numerous countries. He has worked with 16 Canadian National Teams as high performance advisor and planning and periodization consultant for Major Games.
Istvan is currently LTAD advisor for The Kingdom of Bahrain, South Africa and Sport Canada. He worked with 19 sports in the UK on LTAD, and presently works with 21 Canadian sports to develop sport-specific LTAD models, including Athletics Canada, Basketball Canada, CanoeKayak Canada, Rowing and Speed Skating Canada. He has authored 3 books, published over 75 chapters and articles and delivered over 400 presentations at national and international conferences on LTAD and Planning and Periodization.