Implementation of the American Development Model in Adaptive Sports

Back in January Dan Schwieder, Manager of Paralympic Community Partnerships of US Olympic Committee, passed along findings from a study conducted by the University of Delaware regarding the implementation of long-term athlete development in sport clubs. The interviews identified the following benefits of using the ADM within their club operations:

  • Increased participation
  • Enhanced performance (better skill and physical development)
  • Retain athletes from level to level
  • Raise competition level
  • Sustained involvement in sport
  • Financial viability

What impact does the ADM have in the implementation of recreational therapy adaptive sports inventions?

Have your adaptive sport programs adopted the ADM into your programming?

If so, what benefits have you seen as a result?

More information about the ADM for Paralympic sport can be found at the following direct link: http://www.teamusa.org/us-paralympics/community/american-development-model.

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