During the 1960's and early 70's, it became apparent that long-range planning of athletic performance was a pre-condition to the achievement of international sporting success. Studies done by the Soviets and East Germans underlined the importance of annual and quadrennial planning and this greatly contributed to the theory of training - especially with the introduction of the concept of multiple periodization.
Since it takes 6 to 8 years (and often more) of training to produce elite athletes, a well-established and monitored training plan must be in place early to best develop an individual's competitive talents.
Editor's comments - [ This is the first of the long-term athlete development documents produced by Istvan Balyi; Balyi’s LTAD is described here in it’s original context that of periodisation. Further developments have been suggested by him in the five stage model and the six stage model. See our Ruff guide to talent development. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Balyi I. (1990). Quadrennial and double quadrennial planning of athletic training. Victoria BC.: Canadian Coaches Association.
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