You have reached the United States portal for Human Kinetics, if you wish to continue press here, else please proceed to the HK site for your region by selecting here.


Please note if you purchase from the HK-USA site, currencies are converted at current exchange rates and you may incur higher international shipping rates.

Human Kinetics Logo

Purchase Digital Products

If you are looking to purchase an eBook, online video, or online courses please press continue

Footprint Books Logo

Purchase Print Products

Human Kinetics print books are now distributed by Footprint Books throughout Australia/NZ, delivered to you from their NSW warehouse. Please visit Footprint Books to order your Human Kinetics print books.

Feedback IconFeedback

Excerpts — Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance

Using the taper to improve performance

Scientific evidence explains why the taper is important in training programs.

Read more →

Tapering and peaking for a major tournament

Although the complexities of a group taper can be daunting, the basic structure of a segment of relative rest following the regular season followed by a time of serious training culminating in a taper is a reasonable strategy for team coaches to adopt.

Read more →

Bob Bowman discusses tapering world champion swimmers

Bob Bowman, most recently known for his successful coaching of Michael Phelps in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, offers advice on the planning phase of tapering for elite swimmers.

Read more →

Ric Charlesworth discusses tapering in women's field hockey

Ric Charlesworth was the national coach of the Australian women’s field hockey team from 1993 - 2000, when they won gold medals at both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.

Read more →