West Virginia University will host The Long-Term Athlete Development Playground on September 15 at the WVU Evansdale Residential Complex, Morgantown, WV. The workshop, opening at 9 a.m., will focus on growing and improving the quality of physical sport activity for current and future youth programs in schools, recreational clubs and private programs.
Coaches, physical activity teachers, sport club directors and recreation leaders may attend.
LTAD, an all-day event, features breakout discussions, sessions with multiple speakers and interactive sessions showcasing LTAD in action. The workshop will highlight tactics and strategies to help schools, parents, coaches and other recreational leaders implement this new method to promote an active youth sport culture.
Key speakers include Rick Howard, long-term athlete development and resistance training expert, who will explain the overview of LTAD and components that make up the framework of this athlete development model.
Other speakers include Tony Moreno, professor of kinesiology, Eastern Michigan University, and Kristen Dieffenbach, associate professor, athletic coaching education, WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.
“One purpose of this event is for coaches, teachers and other leaders to learn this new framework so kids can be exposed to a fun active lifestyle. If you are an active child, you’re more likely to be an active adult,” explained Moreno.
The workshop will close with an open roundtable and town hall format that will include a question and answer session. Speakers will share their experiences with applying LTAD practices.