Key Factor 3: Biological Age

Key Factor #3: Biological Age

  • Early maturers have a significant biological advantage over their later maturing competitors and teammates. They have traditionally been given more training and playing time over their later maturing peers.
  • In LTAD, training, competition, and recovery programs should take into account the physical, mental, cognitive, and emotional development of each athlete.
  • Recommendation: Program design must factor in mental, cognitive, and social/emotional maturity when developing training groups and determining which competitions an athlete will attend.