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Excerpt — High-Performance Training for Sports

Should Young Athletes Specialise Early?

Designing training programmes for single-sport athletes would require a phase of physical preparation prior to the onset of the competitive phase.

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When is an Athlete Ready to Return to Action After an Injury?

One of the more difficult problems that the performance team faces is determining when an athlete is ready to return to action after injury. The athlete can be placed under enormous pressure from the owner, coach, fans and media to get out on the track, field or floor in record time.

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How Can Tapering Improve Performance?

In high-level sport, small elevations in performance can have a significant impact on performance outcomes and can differentiate between winning and losing.

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