Are They Overtraining?
Not allowing the body adequate time to rest and recover from exercising will only make it harder to reach fitness and performance goals. Typically associated with little rest and excessive repetition, overtraining can result in injury or illness.
Here are some strategies that will help avoid overtraining:
Sleep – Getting plenty of sleep is crucial. This ensures that the body has ample time to replenish muscles and restore strength.
Proper nutrition – Food is just as important as sleep. The body will use food as fuel to help the body recover.
Warm-up – Warming up before a workout alleviates tight muscles that could encourage overcompensation, which can lead to injury.
Varying intensity – Varying the intensity levels of workout routines challenges different muscle groups while allowing others to recover.
Recovery days – Taking days off from training allows the body to recover and for athletes to prepare mentally and physically for the next workout.
Recognizing the symptoms of overtraining could grant your athletes enough time to make the needed adjustments to prevent injury or illness. Typical warning signs of overtraining include the following:
- Aches or pain in muscles/joints
- Appetite loss
- Decline in performance
- Decreased immunity
- Elevated pulse in the morning
- Sudden inability to complete workouts
Do you have questions regarding overtraining injuries? Our dedicated sports medicine specialists can help. Call (702) 731-4088 for guidance or care needs from our experts at Desert Orthopaedic Center.