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Mastering the Taper

First off, let me say that tapering is something that is highly individualistic.  If you’ve got a method that has worked for you, stick with it.  Many of the world’s best athletes have unconventional tapering methods that have been used with great success.  Roger Bannister famously rested completely for 4
Anyone who has ever picked up a magazine or watched a broadcast of a live sports event has undoubtedly heard of  lactic acid. Lactic acid is often considered an athlete’s worst enemy. But in reality, it is one of the most important substances in our metabolism, actually delaying fatigue rather
Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% carbon fiber
In a recent Nike funded study, Hoogkamer et al. 2017 concluded that the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%, a shoe embedded with a full-length curved carbon fiber plate, reduces the energy cost of marathon running (i.e. improving running efficiency)  by ~4% in comparison to 2 traditional high performing racing shoes (below).
Here we’ll discuss the significance of eccentric contractions during downhill running and its contribution to DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). We will also look at the effectiveness of eccentric training as part of a strength or rehabilitation training program. Most of you will be familiar with the paradoxical muscle soreness
According to the author of ‘The Sports Gene’, David Epstein, if you were to measure every runner’s ankles at the start of a long distance race, you could statistically predict the likely winner. Winners of any major long distance race tend to possess particular body features. Let’s run through some