Tapering in judo

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The taper is a progressive nonlinear reduction of the training load during a variable period of time, in an attempt to reduce the physiological and psychological stress of daily training and optimize sports performance. Existing research has defined the taper, identified various forms used in contemporary sport, and examined the prescription of training volume, load, intensity, duration, and type (progressive or step) (Le Meur et al. 2012).

Today we are joined by Pablo Erice, spanish judo coach, and the author of “Optimización del Rendimiento Deportivo: bases científicas del período taper en judo” (2019). In our conversation, we discussed about tapering and how it can benefit judo performance.

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Different tapering strategies depend on the periodization model (Erice et López, 2019)

In 2015 a thesis titled: “Training, taper and recovery strategies for effective competition performance in judo” was published by Papacosta. Check it out here.

For more interesting info about tapering we strongly recommend the book “Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance” written by Iñigo Mújica. Have a look to his blog and his scientific papers.

We also invite you to listen this episode from the website scientifictriathlon with very useful knowledge about tapering and performance.

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