The effects of taper on performance in distance runners.

@article{Houmard1994TheEO,
  title={The effects of taper on performance in distance runners.},
  author={Joseph A. Houmard and Brenda Scott and Carson Justice and Thomas C. Chenier},
  journal={Medicine and science in sports and exercise},
  year={1994},
  volume={26 5},
  pages={624-31}
}
The purpose of this study was to determine if a 7-d systematic reduction in training volume or "taper" could improve distance running performance. Three groups of eight runners were examined: 1) run taper, 2) cycle taper, and 3) control. Training in the run taper group consisted of high-intensity intervals and an 85% reduction in training volume. The cycle taper group performed an equivalent amount of interval training as the run taper group, but each member exercised on a cycle ergometer… CONTINUE READING

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