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Figure 7: Pacific Sport – Optimal Windows of Trainability (Balyi and Way, 2005)


Ensuring that athletes are training properly during their windows of trainability is crucial to developing our future high performance Ultimate athletes. Coaches and administrators should understand the importance of this training, the periods during which the sensitive times occur, and develop programs that facilitate this development. Separating the females and males during important windows of development is important when developing Ultimate athletes. Ultimate in middle and high schools should, where possible, run single-gendered physical training to account for these development windows.


Peak Height Velocity (PHV) is the maximum rate of growth in stature during growth spurt. The age of the maximum velocity of growth is called the age at PHV. The most intense period of growth for girls occurs between 11 to 14 years; while for boys it is between 12 to 16 years.


Trainability refers to a faster adaptation of a stimulus during growth, development and maturation for young athletes. There is a high degree of variation in the trainability of athletes, depending on genetic and environmental factors.


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