Triathlon is a relatively new sport compared with other sports and started as an adult sport. Hence, young athletes are often coached as if they were “mini-adults. But should they be?
Development for young athletes should take on a holistic approach that considers the physical, mental, tactical, psychosocial and other technical areas of development. From a developmental standpoint, it is then more appropriate to focus on general and sport-specific skill acquisition, build speed and agility, and learn to problem solve through structured and unstructured play.
Triathletes need to have a high level of control over the exercises and movements needed to be successful. Keeping these core principles in mind will play a significant role in the athletes' long-term progress and build a strong foundation for the development of their biomotor abilities.
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