Tapering can be difficult for athletes unaware of how or when to let their bodies rest before an event.
It’s extremely important to utilize before strenuous workouts, but is still often ignored.
To get an inside perspective about tapering, Alameda Runners recently asked an expert about the importance of giving your body a break.
Ada Wells, MPT, Physical Therapist & owner of ProBalance, Inc. had this to say regarding event tapering:
“Tapering before a marathon or other long distance event is extremely important as hard training the two to three weeks before an event will not only not give the athlete any additional training benefit, it will actually increase the runner’s likelihood of developing a musculoskeletal injury. Fatigued muscles will be less likely to properly support joints in their proper alignment and will be more susceptible to strains, tears, etc. It is in the runner’s best interest to have the muscles and body rested so that they are at their peak during the race and beyond.”
Often times we like to cover vocal points that are commonly brought up among athletes, and tapering certainly is one of those subjects. I published a story related to the importance of tapering previously, while Ted discussed how he is horrible when it comes to tapering.
Is tapering ‘crucial for optimum performance’? It’s certainly not a topic that will die down soon – and it’s very much something you should follow. More on this subject in the future.