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The Tapering Practices of Competitive Weightlifters

An Invitation

Hello Weightlifters!

We invite you to take part in an exciting research project. The survey is called 'The Tapering Practices of Competitive Weightlifters'. You are a potential participant in this research if you have competed in a Weightlifting competition in the previous 12-months, this could be at the local, regional, national or international level. Only Weightlifting competitors who meet these criteria are eligible to participate in this study.

The purpose of this study is to help improve our understanding of the tapering practices employed by Weightlifters. The information will benefit Weightlifting athletes in regard to improving our understanding and knowledge of tapering strategies used before competition. We would be very grateful if you could take the time to fill out this survey. Please know that your participation is entirely voluntary. We will seek to publish a summary of the findings of the study in a scientific journal, like the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. This research follows on from our published research on training and tapering practices in strength sports - see

The online survey will take approximately 10 to 20 minutes for you to complete, it is only available in the English language. The questions give you the opportunity to elaborate on how you taper for a Weightlifting competition. We would like you to answer as many questions as you can, as your knowledge and experience in this field are important to us. We recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox browsers if using a PC or laptop to complete the survey.

Please refer to your training diary (if you use one) when answering the questions. If you have a coach, it could be valuable to complete the survey alongside your coach, to assist you in making accurate responses.

You will complete the survey anonymously as only a participant number will be associated with your answers. The survey link will be active for a period of two months. During this time you are welcome to consider the invitation to take part in this research. By completing the questionnaire you have consented to participate in this research project. This also means that you have read and understood all the information contained in this participant information letter and have clarified any details prior to filling in the survey.

The findings of the research will be made available once the report is complete on ResearchGate - If you have any questions or would like to know more about this research please contact:

Hayden Pritchard
UCOL - Faculty of Health Science
Palmerston North
New Zealand

This research was approved by the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Research Committee (Reference number TRC 2020.058)