Overtraining and “Burnout”

What is overtraining?

Overtraining occurs when an athlete trains too long or too hard without enough recovery time. Eventually this leads to a decline in performance—physically and mentally. Your child is at greater risk if he or she continues to try to perform at the same high level without building his or her strength or speed along the way.

What causes overtraining?

High intensity and/or high volume of training without sufficient recovery time.

What are some symptoms of overtraining?

If your child is overtraining or has burnout, he or she may experience:

  • Persistent muscle soreness
  • Persistent fatigue
  • No improvement despite rest
  • Elevated resting heart rate
  • Increased susceptibility to infections
  • Increased susceptibility to other injuries
  • Underperformance
  • Altered sleep

How can we help your child recover from overtraining?

Our pediatric sports medicine specialists understand young athletes’ mindset and their drive to compete. We can help them recover mentally and physically and give them the strength and conditioning building blocks to safely reach their athletic goals.

Preventing burnout in young athletes

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Too much training in one sport can increase a young athlete’s risk of injury and psychological burnout. Check out these burnout prevention tips from Emily Kraus, MD, pediatric sports medicine specialist at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health.

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