Talent Development | Sports
Talent Development processes deliver long-term performance advancement
Building Sport Academies based on LTAD model
We support your Sport Academy to create a unique Developmental System for its athletes.
We create Sport Academies based on our philosophy T.O.B.E [Train, Overcome, Believe, Expertise] and on Balyi’s Long Term Athlete Development Model to provide direction to their coaches’ working within the junior sport pathway.Individualised Training program based on the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Framework, which is a sport development framework and supports athletes to reach their full athletic potential. The LTAD framework is athlete-centred and coach-driven.
The implementation of training programs that follow a LTAD model will enable coaches to develop individualized programs based upon each individual and take advantage of the critical periods of accelerated adaptation to training. It will also ensure that athletes develop to their full potential.
Balyi’s Long Term Athlete Development model (LTAD) is proposed as the framework for the proper management of youth and adolescent growth and development processes, and has identified critical periods of accelerated adaptation to training. It aims to provide guidelines for developing talented juniors into accomplished senior performers.
The development and implementation of the LTAD model will enable a Sport Academy to positively affect the development of athletes in their sport.
ServicesSupport and Structure Sporting Academies based on the “Long Term Athlete Development” mode” defined by chronological age categories
Train coaches to apply the theory of long term athlete development
Train coaches to assess performance with junior and youth athletes
Provide future directions for, a. improving practice within the long term athlete development framework and b. improving the training of junior athletes.
Individualised Training Program based on the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Framework, which is a sport development framework and supports athletes to reach their full athletic potential.
Based on the anthropometric, physiological and psychological assessments a training program is provided for each athlete. As such, a training program based on the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model, is designed to optimize sporting talent towards senior level, creating a path of development from grassroots youth sport to elite professional sport.
Anthropometrical, Physiological and Psychological Assessments for Performance
Individualised Training Program based on the Long term Athlete Development model for children and youth
We use Mental Skills Training to promote positive youth development, to facilitate talent development and to improve sport performance.
Mental Skills Training involves the systematic development of psychological components such as goal setting, imagery, self-talk, relaxation techniques, though control, performance routines facilitate the successful development of talented youth athletes and play a crucial role in allowing young talented athletes to fulfil their potential and deal with the inevitable hurdles of talent development.
Goal-SettingSetting goals provides focus and directed attention by agreeing on a timed endpoint to an agreed action. A combination of both short-term and long-term goals is most effective for improving performance and changing behaviour, short-term goals should be enforced to directly reach the long-term goal of the athlete.
ImagerySport Imagination is a common ability that athletes use at different levels in order to enhance different aspects of their performances such as refining and improvement of skills, regulation of excitement and levels of activation, management of cognitive aspects, and motivators. In other words, Imagination is the visualization or cognitive review of a movement without physical performance. The benefits of sport Imagination are learning the skills, improving the injuries, rehabilitation activities, readiness for the optimal sports performance, and self-confidence increase.
Self-TalkPositive self-talk is referred to an internal conversation that can be done loudly or in silence through which the person teaches or strengthens him/ herself. Self-talk can be performed during, before, and even after a sport performance, comes from thoughts, usually happens unconsciously and emotionally, and can affect athletes performance. The popularity of self- talk is because of its association with sport performance.
RelaxationHigh levels of somatic and cognitive anxiety are detrimental to performance. The ability for an athlete to control anxiety can be the difference between good and poor performance. Relaxation not only improves emotional control within athletes, according to Bandura (1977) 'emotional control' directly affects the self-efficacy of the athlete. Although relaxation and energizing techniques are classified as the fourth most useful tool for improving self-efficacy, relaxation techniques were incorporated within the MST program for the positive effect on anxiety control.
Thought controlThis strategy helps the athlete help himself or herself in controlling thoughts, emotions and behaviors, and in constructing a positive approach to performance. To find ways to reduce negative thoughts, and, when possible, turn them into something positive. The best athletes are as good as they are because they have mastered not only skilled movement acts but also control over their thoughts and emotions when it counts. These are related to the focus of attention immediately prior to and during the act, as well as how to direct and control thought and emotional processes.
Improve Focus and ConcentrationThe ability to concentrate is key to an athlete striving to reach peak performance. Concentration means focusing attention on what you are doing regardless of external, and sometimes internal, distractions. Athletes who are skilled at concentrating have the ability to focus intensely on some things while blocking other things out. Both external and internal distractions are an inevitable part of being an athlete and being able to control their thoughts and focus their attention on the present.
Performance routineAn appropriate pre-performance routine facilitates learning and performance. Sports like golf, bowling, billiards, gymnastics and archery demand consistent control and self-regulation associated with an effective immediate pre-performance routine. Ideally, this would lead to a narrow focus of attention and what appears to be a state of flow and unconsciousness during execution. Such sports as boxing and wrestling, and for the most part hockey and soccer, require continual online adjustments depending on swift and accurate situational awareness, anticipation and decision making. Other sports, like basketball, tennis and volleyball, possess characteristics of both situations considering when the ball is in play versus certain circumstances (e.g. shoot- ing a penalty shot in basketball and executing the serve in volleyball and tennis). Athletes need to acquire the unique “mentality” for a particular sport as well as events in a sport.
Our goal is the nutritional support of the developing athlete and their athletic performance.
We want our athletes to avoid nutritional mistakes, health risks and injuries; to improve health, well-being and quality of life, while they are optimizing their mental and physical performance.
The nutritional plan will be adjusted and monitored periodically based on each athletes’ needs. As such, we support the developing or/and elite athlete during performance enhancement.
We use biomarkers to identify an athlete's individual thresholds and provide personalized strategies to keep the developing athlete in their peak performance zones.
This full blood review of biomarkers, giving a view ‘under the hood’ of the factors that drive athletic performance. Periodic blood testing across the season is used to monitor meaningful changes within an athlete, identify increased injury or illness risk, assess nutritional status and manage training load.