The Athlete Enhancement Program (AEP) is the emerging athlete support program of ASDC aimed at providing high quality sports science programming to the emerging high performance athletes in Red Deer and Central Alberta.  The AEP is offered to team sport and individual sport athletes who are emerging at the provincial or national level.  The program will be targeted to sports that have a sound athlete development model in place and from a broad spectrum of sports.

As of 2010, the ASDCC has adopted the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model put forth by the Canadian Sport For Life. The program is a three tiered approach based on the athlete’s competitive level and LTAD stage. Below is a basic outline of the program, the levels and what can be expected at each level.

T2T-stage

Endurance, Strength, Speed Physical Conditioning

  • Focus on general strength, speed, flexibility and aerobic training
  • Attend slotted fitness times with Ignite Fitness (Mon-Thurs 5pm & 7pm)
  • 2 Testing dates (October and February)
  • Attend Speed/Agility Camp to increase technical sprint/speed skills

Fundamental Mental Skills

  • Attend 3 Winning Edge Mental Skills Sessions

General Nutrition Information

  • Attend 1 Winning Edge Nutrition session

Other Complimentary Sessions

  • Attend Media & Public Speaking Training
  • Learn about sport injury prevention and recovery
  • Attend a special session with an Inspirational Guest Speaker

AEP Seminars

T2C-stage

General Conditioning

  • Focus on general strength, speed, flexibility and aerobic training
  • Attend open fitness times with Ignite Fitness
  • 2 testing dates (October and February)
  • Small group training sessions for a more specific workout. Groups based on similar type sports

Introduction to Applied Mental skills

  • Attend 3 Winning Edge Mental Skills Sessions
  • Meet with mental skills trainer to apply some of the skills to their sports
  • Small group session

Introduction to Applied to Nutrition

  • Meet with the Nutritionist to apply nutritional needs to their sports
  • Small group session

Other Complimentary Sessions

  • Attend Media & Public Speaking Training
  • Learn about sport injury prevention and recovery
  • Attend a special session with an Inspirational Guest Speaker

AEP Seminars

T2W-stage

General Conditioning

  • Ability to incorporate individualized programming into Ignite Fitness workouts
  • 3 Testing dates (October, February and May)

Applied Mental Skills

  • Meet with Mental Skills trainer for specific needs as they arise
  • Individual Sessions

Applied Nutrition

  • Work out applied nutritional needs as they arise or
  • Individual nutritional analysis or session

AEP Seminars

Criteria for this stage:

  • Competing at the national or international level
  • Fits within the Train to Compete or Train to Win stages of the CS4L continuum
  • Solid understanding and application of the sport sciences
  •  Resides in Central Alberta
  • Aged 15+
  • Competes in Alberta Sport Connection recognized sports

Annual Training Plan - Guide