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"Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance" is the first-ever book devoted to the subject, presenting current
scientific data on tapering, its physiological and psychological effects, and how these effects relate to athletic
performance. Featuring various training models and experiential knowledge, this book allows readers to design
optimal tapering programs for each athlete.
Iņigo Mujika, PhD, is a sports physiologist at USP Araba Sport Clinic in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, and
an Associate Professor at the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine and Odontology, at the University
of the Basque Country. Previously, Mujika was also the head of the department of research and development at the
Spanish professional football team Athletic Club Bilbao, Basque Country. As a researcher, sport science practitioner,
and coach, Mujika is widely considered one of the most respected experts on tapering and peaking for optimal performance.
Since 1992, Mujika has been devoted to the research of tapering and peaking for sport performance. He has published
over 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 6 book chapters, and 10 other publications on tapering-related issues. He
has also presented nearly 70 lectures on tapering at conferences and seminars worldwide. From 2003 to 2004, Mujika
was senior physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport. In 2005, he worked as physiologist and trainer of the
professional road bicycle racing team Euskaltel Euskadi. He is also a coach of world-class triathletes, having
coached Olympians Ainhoa Murua to Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, and Eneko Llanos to Athens 2004.
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