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Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada through improved athlete training and better integration between all stakeholders in the sport system, including sport organizations, education, recreation and health.
The Canadian Sport for Life philosophy is being embraced by the sport community as an important and effective way to address physical fitness and health for the Canadian population while improving the quality of sport throughout Canada.
Canadian Sport for Life is also a way to optimize talent identification and athlete preparation for competition at their highest level. CS4L impacts the entire sport continuum, from physical literacy to active for life to reach the podium. The approach includes all players and stakeholders in the sport world: participants, coaches, parents, schools, clubs and community recreation programs.
A key feature of CS4L is Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD), a developmental pathway whereby athletes follow optimal training, competition, and recovery regimens from childhood through all phases of adulthood.
Long-Term Athlete Development is based on sport research, coaching best practices, and scientific principles. LTAD expresses these principles, research, and practices as
10 Key Factors essential to athlete development:
|LTAD Stage||Chronological Age (Gender), Years in Sport||Who is Responsible|
|Active Start: Learning to Ride||0-6 (F & M), 0 Sport Years||Parents|
|FUNDamentals: Loving to Ride Around||6-9 (M) & 6-8 (F), 0-3 Sport Years||Kids of Mud, Club, Parents, School|
|Learn to Train: Learning Cycling Skills||9-12 (M) & 8-11 (F), 1-5 Sport Years||Kids of Mud, Club, Parents, School|
|Train to Train: Building the Engine||12-16 (M) & 11-15 (F), 3-6 Sport Years||Provincial “Development Program”, Kids of Mud, Club team, Sport school|
|Learn to Compete: Entering Competition||16-18 (M) & 15-17 (F) +/-, 4-8 Sport Years||Provincial “Performance Program”, Trade Team, Club team, Sport school|
|Train to Compete: To the Front of the Pack||18-21 (M) & 17-21 (F) +/-, 6+ Sport years||Provincial “High Performance Program”, Trade Team, National Team|
|Learn to Win: First Across the Line||19-23 +/- (M&F), 8+ Sport years||Provincial “High Performance Program”, Trade Team, National Team|
|Train to Win: Staying at the Front||23-25 +/- and up (M & F), 10+ Sport years||Provincial “High Performance Program”, Trade Team, National Team|
|Active for Life: Staying on the Bike||Enter at any stage||Club, Recreation programs, Commuting|