Three potentially international calibre women sprinters were given an eight weeks' isometric strength training programme for their legs, using 80% maximum strength as the loading factor. In an attempt to reduce decrement subsequent to cessation of training, a four week `taper' programme was tried. Strength measures were taken fortnightly through the training programme and subsequently at three months and nine months on one athlete. Strength gains were obtained for all athletes and the post training decrement appeared to vary with the muscle group exercised. No detrimental aesthetic, emotional or physiological effects of the high loading were noted and no injuries occurred.
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