Enhance Your Health. Reduce Injury Risk. Improve Performance.

Murray Athletic Development (MAD) has partnered with Team Esface to offer high level strength training to transform our athlete's bodies and help them maximize their potential on and off the court. 

Long Term Athletic Development

MAD operates within the framework of the NSCA’s (National Strength and Conditioning Association) long term athletic development (LTAD). What is LTAD? As defined by the NSCA it is the habitual development of athleticism over time improve health and fitness, enhance physical performance, reduce the relative risk of injury, develop the confidence and competence of all youth. Athleticism is the ability to repeatedly perform a wide range of movements with precision and confidence in variety of environments, which require competent levels of motor skills, strength, speed, power, agility, balance, coordination, and endurance.

There are 10 pillars of LTAD which Murray Athletic adheres to:


  1. LTAD pathways should accommodate for the highly individualized and non-linear nature of the growth and development of youth

  2. Youth of all ages, abilities and aspirations should engage in LTAD programs to promote physical fitness and psychosocial well being.

  3. All youth should be encouraged to enhance physical fitness from early childhood, with a primary focus on motor skill and muscular strength development.

  4. LTAD pathways should encourage an early sampling approach for youth that promotes and enhances a broad range of motor skills.

  5. Health and wellbeing of the child should ALWAYS be the central tenet of LTAD.

  6. Youth should participate in physical conditioning that helps reduce the risk of injury to ensure their on-going participation in LTAD programs.

  7. LTAD programs should provide all youth with a range of training modes to enhance both health and skill related components of fitness.

  8. Practitioners working with youth should systematically progress and individualize training programs for successful LTAD.

  9. Practitioners should use relevant monitoring and assessment tools as part of a LTAD strategy.

  10. Qualified professionals and sound pedagogical approaches are fundamental to the success of LTAD programs.


LTAD in action?  Below are examples of players who started strength training in 7th grade while playing on the Class of 2019 elite team under Coach Dele. 

  • John Mills (SOPH starting on Varsity Lacrosse and JV Basketball)

  • James Beckwith (SOPH Varsity Basketball)

  • Kiran Kruse (SOPH Varsity Basketball)

  • Will Beasley (SOPH Varsity Basketball)

  • Parker McDonald (SOPH Varsity Basketball)
Oladele Sobomehin