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The purpose of this study was to perform a systematic review determine the effects of tapering on performance in elite endurance runners. The taper is a key element of the physical preparation of athletes in the weeks before a competition and it seems that the most important variable for maximize performance is training volume, training frequency and intensity. Three electronic databases were searched for original research articles. Nine studies met the inclusion criteria. The training volumedoi:10.1080/17461391.2014.955128 pmid:25189116 fatcat:mh7voqsywbfhpb37t3zcn7ncza