Track & Field Training Taper

Track & Field Training Taper If you've been working on developing dominant throwing power for track and field competition, a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research offers some insight into what to expect from using heavy or light resistance as you taper off for the season.

Thirteen throwing competitors age 16 to 26 trained for 8 months with a tapering phase before the spring and winter competitive seasons. Some worked with 30% of their one rep max (1RM) while others chose a heavier 85% of 1RM load. Throwing performance increased an average of 4.8% for subjects who tapered with a light load and 5.6% for the heavier load group. Leg press and 1RM squat jump performance increased more for the heavy load, but subjects who tapered with lighter weight extended their time to fatigue.

True Strength Moment: Both taper protocols increased throwing performance for these track and field athletes, but each offers specific advantages that might have applications for individual athletes, depending on what events you compete in before or after throwing.
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