‘So many ways to be fast’: Central Ohio swimmers, coaches mix approaches to tapering

in Local News/School/Sports

This time of the season in high school swimming, “taper” is a word heard almost as much as “time” and “water.”

At its essence, tapering is the period leading up to a competition when swimmers lighten their workload to help their muscles recover with the aim of reaching their fastest times.

But little is simple about the process, which varies between both events and individual swimmers and also requires extra rest outside the pool.

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