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Aug 20, 2018

People talk about “old school” when it comes to coaching and athlete performance. The problem is most of us have the wrong perspective. “Old school” is not strength and conditioning in a vacuum with no functional movement. “Old School” is not running laps until you puke. “Old School”, as defined by Joe, Tony, and Rick, has to do with how wellness was treated in the beginning: holistic, all-encompassing, focused on better movement and healthy people. Listen to this episode to hear how LTAD Playground is bringing back real “old school”.


Show Notes

6:45 How Joe, Tony, and Rick got into LTAD

14:00 LTAD is NOT strength and conditioning. It is more holistic.

22:30 What can parents look for as red flags when watching their children move

30:45 Incorporating other games into your sport training

39:00 What we need are multi-sport clubs

49:15 Why Joe, Rick, Tony began doing LTAD Summits and what the format is

62:00 The need for a “wellness movement” and the marketing problem we have with youth sports

1:08:45 Contacting Joe, Tony, and Rick and how to register for the LTAD Playground


Getting in Touch

Joe: @Joe_Eisenmann


Rick: @RIHoward41




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About The LTAD Playground and Joe, Rick and Tony



LTAD Playground: Statement of Purpose

Long term athlete development (LTAD) is ablueprint/modelwith the purpose to improve thosephysical, psychological, and social abilities that lead to a physically active and healthy lifestyle across the lifespan. However, there is a specific focus on childrenand teenagers of every abilitytohave the opportunity to participate in positive sport or activityexperiences so that theycontinue an active lifestyleinto adulthood.When implemented appropriately, LTAD can offer meaningful direction and solutions forcurrentissues in youth sport and physical activity including but not limited to early sport specialization, injury, burnout, the decline in youth sport participation, poor physical fitnessand obesity.

To help youth sport coaches, physical educators, community recreation leaders, and parents address the issues in youth sports and physical activity, the LTADPlaygroundis an efforttointroduce concepts of best practice and implementation of LTAD. These no frills, grassrootsevents offer an engaging and interactive environment of sharing, learning and problem solving.Theexchange of ideas and actions among attendeeswill encourage and inspire them to use theskills and solutions to help initiate change within the school, youth sport club, community recreation, and/or private sport performance setting.



Mission Statement

Our mission is to lead efforts in the implementation of LTAD within the US by providing unique, interactive, and engaging learning formats that will drive and enable awareness, action, and accountability among schools, sports programs and community playgrounds. This approach should help facilitate a positive youth sport culture, a participation pathway toward regular physical activity for all, and a physically literate culture.


LTADServant Leaders


We enthusiastically accept the challenges ahead andare pleased to be servant-leaders of the LTAD Playground. Wehave devoted our professional careers to the study and practice of youth athletic developmentand physical activity. This includes acquiring wisdom, experience,and insight from activities inall settings– from the university classroom and laboratory,to the weight room, practice field and back to the conferenceand executive board room. Most important, this is an altruistic endeavor for each of us.

Joe Eisenmann, PhDis a diverse scholar-practitioner with 25 years of experience as a professor, researcher, sport scientist, coach educator, strength & conditioning coach, and youth sports coach.He has published over 180 peer-reviewed scientific papers, lectured nationally and internationally, and served on several national-level committees and projects involving pediatric sports medicine, youth sports and fitness, and strength & conditioning. He has coached and developed thousands of youth athletes and coaches.

Rick Howard, M.Ed., CSCS*D, USAW, is a key figure in the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s efforts towards LTAD. This includes forming theYouth / LTAD Special Interest Group, and being a major contributor to numerous journal articles, blogs, and position statements on LTADand presenting nationally and internationally.He is an Assistant Professor at West Chester Universityand Director of Fitness and Sports Performance at the Wilmington (DE) Country Club, while pursuing his doctoral degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Tony Moreno, PhD CSCS*D, USAWis a Professor of Kinesiology at Eastern Michigan University. Since 2000, he has served as consultant and coaching educator for the Michigan High School Athletic Association in the areas of sport medicine, strength and conditioning, and athlete development. He has presented and authored articles and coaching education materials for US Lacrosse, the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).


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