The Long Term Athlete Development Journey of Curling
Scientific research has concluded that it takes a minimum of 10 years and 10,000 hours of training for a talented athlete to reach elite levels.
The first 4 stages (Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learning to Train, Training to Train) with their respective approximate ages are generally appropriate for all late specialization sports. In the sport of curling young athletes should participate in many sports to allow the proper development of the basic movement skills. Any age can fastrack through these stages.
The next 2 stages (Training to Compete, Training to Win) are for specialization in the sport of curling.
The final stage is Active for Life and includes all curlers, competitive and recreational.
Everyone has to start somewhere. No matter your age or ability curling is a sport for everyone!
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