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From The CriticsReviewer:Brian Bratta, MS, ATC, CSCS(Michigan State University)
Description:This is a complete look at the scientific process of tapering and peaking designed to help athletes and coaches understand how to achieve optimal results during competition.
Purpose:Tapering is a commonly used practice in many elite sports, and the author makes the process understandable so that any level athlete can realize its benefits. Using current research, the author provides an adequate meta-analysis of the data to prove that tapering is beneficial for an athlete's performance.
Audience:The foreword, written by Miguel Indurain, the Spanish cyclist and five-time Tour de France winner, clearly explains the knowledge base that the author has and how he has attained it through experience. This book is written specifically for all those interested in bettering their performance during competition. For both elite and recreational athletes, the author provides ample techniques for optimal performance.
Features:The book follows a logical progression, from an explanation of the scientific aspects of tapering and peaking to how to use these techniques for personal gain. Along with the current research used in the meta-analysis, multiple graphs and tables help further understanding of the tapering and peaking process. A glossary also helps readers in understanding the process as well.
Assessment: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.