Overtraining and “burnout”

What is overtraining?

Overtraining occurs when an athlete performs more training than his or her body can recover from. Eventually this leads to a decline in performance. This can be seen both mentally and physically with the body. A body is at greater risk when the athlete continues to try and perform at the same high level without the appropriate strength or speed.

What causes overtraining?

  • High intensity and/or volume without sufficient recovery

What are some symptoms of overtraining?

  • 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