Key Factor 11: The 10-Year Rule

Key Factor #11: The 10-Year Rule

  • It takes many years of sustained, high-quality training for a talented athlete to reach elite levels. Because high performance sport for athletes with an intellectual disability is in its infancy, an equivalent guideline is not available. But the evidence available suggests that a comparable level of commitment, time, and quality of training is required for athletes with an intellectual disability to reach elite standards.
  • Recommendation: Developing sport skills, sport-specific fitness, and psychological attributes to compete effectively is a long-term process and programs should be structured based on the demands of the sport and the level of athlete fitness.