Identifying and Treating Sports Injuries – Lessons Learnt

I write this article in the hope of providing some insight into how and why overtraining can occur, and how to identify this early on to ensure you are not injured for a prolonged period.

I will commence this post with 3 questions:

  1. Have you had an injury that’s hindered your training/racing?
  2. If so, do you know how and why the injury occurred?
  3. Thirdly and most importantly, do you now know how to avoid this type of injury reoccurring in the future?

 

If you answered no to question 1 then you are extremely fortunate and questions 2 and 3 are irrelevant. If you answered yes to question 1, but no to either 2 or 3 then this is definitely a concern.

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Understanding Overtraining Syndrome In Athletes – 10 Signs You May Be Overtraining

Athletes put their bodies under a certain amount of stress in order to increase performance. This is not only limited to professional athletes, but also amateur level athletes and those simply looking to increase their fitness levels. If the stress loads are appropriate, then performance will improve BUT if the stress loads are inappropriate then a state of overtraining/under recovery can occur.

Overtraining can be a physical, behavioural, and/or emotional condition that occurs when the volume and intensity of an individual’s training exceeds their recovery capacity. They cease making progress, and can even begin to lose strength and fitness. There are different levels of overtraining, so being aware of the signs of overtraining and the common causes and symptoms will help ensure your training does not head down this path.

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