Books, Fitness & Health, Sport & Exercise Science

Demystify the athletic taper

Tapering and Peaking for Optimal PerformanceAthletes, coaches and sport scientists can at last abandon the trial-and-error method of developing tapering strategies thanks to the first-ever book devoted to the subject.

Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance explains current scientific data on tapering, physiological and psychological effects and how these effects relate to athletic performance.

Armed with the scientific and anecdotal information, coaches, athletes and sport scientists can now design optimal tapering plans specific to individual athletes and in relation to specific competitions. In doing so they can set realistic performance goals for competition and avoid the negative outcomes of a deficient tapering programme.

Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance offers tactics for individual endurance sports, power and sprint events and precision sports, providing sport-specific approaches for swimmers, triathletes, cyclists, gymnasts, archers, golfers and many others.

Team sport strategies for hockey, rugby and water polo are also discussed, addressing the challenges and nuances of tapering and peaking as a team for both regular-season and tournament play.


“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 athletes.”

Professor Tim Noakes
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

Price: £19.99 I €22.00

Find out more