Building a Champion: The Comprehensive Approach to Athlete Development

In the heart of Squamish, Union Health and Performance stands as a beacon for athletes striving for excellence. The journey to becoming a champion is multifaceted, and Union Health’s comprehensive approach to athlete development ensures that every aspect is addressed.

The Holistic Philosophy

Union Health and Performance believes in a holistic approach to athlete development. It’s not just about physical prowess; it’s about nurturing the body, mind, and spirit. This comprehensive methodology ensures that athletes are well-rounded, resilient, and prepared for the challenges of their respective sports.

Tailored Training Programs

Every sport has its unique demands. Whether it’s the endurance required for mountain biking or the agility for skiing, Union Health crafts sport-specific training programs that focus on the essentials of each discipline. These programs are not just about enhancing performance but also about reducing the risk of injuries.

Physiotherapy: The Backbone of Recovery

Injuries, while unfortunate, are a reality in the world of sports. Union Health’s advanced physiotherapy services play a pivotal role in ensuring athletes recover effectively. With evidence-based techniques, athletes are not only rehabilitated but also educated on preventing future injuries.

Nutrition and Mental Conditioning

Physical training is just one component of athlete development. Proper nutrition fuels the body, ensuring athletes have the energy and stamina required for peak performance. Additionally, mental conditioning fortifies the mind, helping athletes handle pressure, overcome challenges, and stay focused on their goals.

Continuous Feedback and Improvement

Union Health’s commitment to excellence is evident in their continuous feedback mechanism. By monitoring an athlete’s performance and adapting training programs based on results, they ensure that athletes are on a trajectory of constant growth and improvement.


  1. How do you build a successful athletic program? A successful athletic program is built on a foundation of evidence-based training, holistic development, continuous feedback, and a commitment to excellence.
  2. What is Ltad strength and conditioning? Ltad (Long-Term Athlete Development) is a multi-stage training approach that guides an athlete’s experience from infancy through adulthood, focusing on strength and conditioning at every stage.
  3. What are the three stages of development for youth sport? The three stages are the physical literacy stage, the excellence stage, and the active for life stage.
  4. What is an athlete development model? An athlete development model is a structured approach that guides an athlete’s training, competition, and recovery, ensuring optimal development and performance.


Union Health and Performance in Squamish is redefining athlete development with its comprehensive approach. By addressing every facet of an athlete’s journey, from physical training to mental conditioning, they are building champions ready to conquer their sports and achieve unparalleled success.