OBSA depends on dedicated coaches who are responsible for making our programs possible. We appreciate how essential coaches are and the impact a knowledgeable coach can have on an athlete. It is because of this that we view coach development as a priority. We provide training and certification opportunities for all our coaches and subsidize the costs associated with those courses, including travel expenses.
Our coaches are the first line of support for every program offered by the OBSA. In conjunction with Canadian Sport For Life, we have provided resources focusing on the specifics of training and coaching athletes with a disability.
The following checklist is composed of a number of elements that lead to quality experiences in any sport program. It has been designed with everyone in mind, including participants with a physical disability, and newcomers to Canada. This checklist can be used as a tool by community and club leaders to assess and improve the quality of programming.
The document linked tells readers how the Canadian sport system can best accommodate individual needs for increased activity and greater achievement through Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD).
Canada’s adoption of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) models for all sports may be a contributing factor of success in adapted sport, as well as making National Sport Organizations (NSOs) responsible for the integration of persons with a disability into their sport development. This is outlined and explained in the following document.
The following is a guide through some specific parameters of training disabled athletes. In simplifying the staged of the LTAD for disabled sport, coaches are provided with the unique needs of their athletes. From anatomy, pathology and biomechanics to optimum ages for training, this guide will provide coaches with the tools to successfully create well rounded, healthy athletes.
Below is a chart that breaks down each stage of the LTAD. Coaches are given the information needed to classify athletes and train them accordingly.