BookTapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance offers in-depth discussion of the science, strategy, and program design of the tapering phase of training. This first-ever book devoted to the subject presents current scientific data on tapering, its physiological and psychological effects, and how these effects relate to athletic performance. Featuring various training models and experiential knowledge, this book allows readers to design optimal tapering programs for each athlete.
Though most coaches and sport scientists are aware of the key role of tapering in preparation for competition, many tapering programs are developed by a trial-and-error process, often leading athletes to fall short of their optimal performance. In Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance, author Iñigo Mujika, one of the foremost researchers on tapering in sport, presents various models and explains current scientific data on tapering and its effects on physiological and psychological factors that support or hinder performance. Using this information, coaches, athletes, and sport scientists will be able to do the following:
- Design optimal tapering plans specific to athletes and the competition.
- Set realistic performance goals for competition.
- Avoid negative outcomes associated with a deficient tapering program.
Parts I and II of the text provide the academic reader with a clear understanding of the foundations, characteristics, and physiological and psychological changes associated with tapering. Readers will explore performance implications of tapering, examine tapering with the use of mathematical models, and learn the unique aspects of tapering for team sports. Special elements with clear explanations of scientific data and performance information are provided to help readers—even those without a strong background in science—grasp the theoretical concepts presented in the text. A running glossary also helps readers quickly define terms, and summary sections in each chapter provide quick reference and an overview of the content.
In part III of the book, 16 internationally known coaches and athletes share the tapering strategies that enabled them to succeed in major international competitions. Readers will find sport-specific strategies for individual endurance sports, sprint and power events, precision sports, and team sports. By combining the experience-based knowledge of elite sport performers and coaches with the performance data presented in parts I and II, athletes, coaches, and students will learn to create optimal tapering programs for every sport.
Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance is a powerful resource for athletes, coaches, and sport scientists to use in dealing with the important tapering period of a training program with increased confidence. By combining current scientific research with real-world examples, this text presents the most complete look at tapering available, and it encourages further study of this vital and sometimes elusive aspect of training for success.
A reference for exercise physiologists and exercise science professionals; a practical guide for coaches and athletes; a textbook for undergraduate and graduate students studying exercise physiology and performance and coaching.
Table of Contents
Part I: Scientific Bases of Tapering
Chapter 1: Basics of Tapering
Chapter 2: Taper-Associated Cardiorespiratory and Metabolic Changes
Chapter 3: Taper-Associated Biochemical, Hormonal, Immunological Changes
Chapter 4: Taper-Associated Psychological Changes
Part II: Tapering and Athletic Performance
Chapter 5: Reduction of the Training Load
Chapter 6: Designing the Taper for Performance Improvements
Chapter 7: Insights From Mathematical Modeling
Chapter 8: Unique Aspects of Team Sport Tapering
Part III: Elite Sports Figures on Tapering and Peaking
Chapter 9: Tapering for Individual Endurance Sports
Chapter 10: Tapering for Sprint and Power Events
Chapter 11: Tapering for Precision Sports
Chapter 12: Tapering for Team Sports
"In Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance, competitive athletes will finally find the scientific answers to all their practical questions about tapering. This book will provide a substantial advantage to coaches and
Professor Tim Noakes
MBChB, MD, DSc, FACSM
Author of Lore of Running
"Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance bridges the gap from science to competition. Inigo Mujika tackles the critical issues of performance with ease and excellence."
Louise Burke, PhD, APD
Head of the department of sports nutrition
Australian Institute of Sport
Author of Practical Sports Nutrition
“This book comprehensively covers the tapering and peaking process. The author does a nice job of combining current research with common techniques used in the profession so that any athlete can use this information to achieve optimal performance.”
--Doody’s Book Review
ExcerptsBob Bowman Discusses Tapering World Champion Swimmers
Ric Charlesworth Discusses Tapering In Women's Field Hockey
Tapering And Peaking For A Major Tournament
Using The Taper To Improve Performance
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