What are the practical implications of Detraining vs Tapering?
For strength and power athletes:
Strength and power athletes should continue training, albeit at a reduced volume, up until the point of competition to avoid detraining leading to reductions in performance.
Powerlifters can gain increases in maximal strength by reducing volume and increasing intensity in the 4 weeks prior to a meet.
Since power is at greater risk of the detraining effect than maximum strength, athletes whose sports require powerful movements should take care to avoid long periods of time spent without training.