Long-term athletic development, Part 2: Barriers to success and potential solutions

Rhodri S. Lloyd, Jon L. Oliver, Avery D. Faigenbaum, Rick Howard, Mark B.A. De Ste Croix, Craig A. Williams, Thomas M. Best, Brent A. Alvar, Lyle J. Micheli, D. Phillip Thomas, Disa L. Hatfield, John B. Cronin, Gregory D. Myer

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The first installment of this two-part commentary reviewed existing models of long-term athletic development. However, irrespective of the model that is adopted by practitioners, existing structures within competitive youth sports in addition to the prevalence of physical inactivity in a growing number of modern-day youth may serve as potential barriers to the success of any developmental pathway. The second part of this commentary will initially highlight common issues that are likely to impede the success of long-term athletic development programs and then propose solutions that will address the negative impact of such issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1451-1464
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of strength and conditioning research
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 7 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • adolescents
  • children
  • fitness
  • long-term athlete development
  • resistance training
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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