Early Specialisation vs. LTAD: Conflicting or Complementary?

Time: 21 November 2017 (Tuesday), 9.30am to 11am

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'Early Speicalisation vs. LTAD: Conflicting or Complimentary?' by CoachSG and National Youth Sports Institute (NYSI)

(For All NROC Coaches)


Early specialization in sport arguably supported the “10,000 hours of deliberate practice” rule. The pursuit of developing a world class athlete drove coaches and coaching programmes to identify youngsters showing promise and potential and put them through training quickly so that they may achieve the 10,000 hours early thereby giving them an advantage over others. Despite research showing the negative effects and consequences of early specialization, many coaches still believe and practice it, including those in Singapore.  Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) has sometimes been misunderstood as against deliberate practice and against exposing young children early to sport. This session aims to provide participants with a better knowledge about LTAD and understand how the young can still be systematically developed to achieve excellence through early development of fundamental movements skills increasing active participation in a range of sports and games and eventually excellence in their eventual sport of choice.

About the Presenter

This workshop will be conducted by Mr Mohammed Azhar Bin Yusof (Assistant Head (Teaching) and Senior Lecturer (Physical Education & Sports Science, National Institute of Education (NIE)).

Azhar is a former national rugby player. He has coaching qualifications in rugby, soccer, kayaking, sailing, sport-climbing and strength & conditioning. He has more than 20 years of teaching and coaching experiences in schools, universities and other organisations. He has also been involved in various curriculum development work such as the Kinderfit Pre-School Programme, SG-Coach Levels 1 to 3 Theory Programme, Singapore Cycling and Singapore Swimming Coaching Programmes. 

Date and Time

21 November 2017 (Tuesday), 2pm – 3.30pm [FULL]


'Stadium' Meeting Area

NYSI Satellite @ Kallang

1 Stadium Walk

Singapore 397688



CCE Hours

1.5 hours


Thank you for your interest. This workshop is closed for registration.


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