Overtraining Injuries and the Importance of Rest

Every athlete needs to train in order to improve. Training is an integral part of an athlete’s success and in most cases, training will enhance an athlete’s performance.

Many athletes think that more training means better results. They tend to exercise more, lift more weights, and train as often as they could. This is a big mistake. Instead of performing better, they become burnt out or suffer injury.

Overtraining Injuries

Overtraining injuries are musculoskeletal injuries that results from increased activity or exercise than your body is used to. It may happen to anyone who increases intensity or changes type of activity. Exerting too much may also lead to overtraining syndrome, which includes overtraining injuries, but also encompasses general fatigue and other symptoms.

Beginners are more susceptible to overtraining syndrome because they think that they can produce quick results if they push too hard. In competitions, athletes are most likely to suffer strains, tears and twists to a knee, the lower back or to the hamstrings or upper thigh.

Symptoms of Overtraining Injuries

If you are more than committed to your practice or workout, you’re more likely to experience overtraining symptoms. Therefore, it is important to listen to your body. Here are some symptoms that may mean you are already overtraining:

  • Fatigue
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Loss of concentration
  • Increased number of mistakes
  • Disruption in natural rhythm and technique
  • Increased resting heart rate
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Increased number of infections
  • Loss of body weight
  • Occasional nausea

If you experience some of these symptoms, you might need to back off a little and rest more.

How to Address Overtraining Syndrome

Reduce your training. If you feel you’re overtraining, reduce the intensity and duration of your training sessions to a level where your body can cope with the demands of the activity.

Increase the range of training activities. This reduces the risk of overuse injuries, helping to condition the whole body rather than certain parts.

Take a rest. Rest allows your body to heal injuries and revitalizes your body, making it fully prepared for the next activity.

Why Rest is Important

Rest is a vital, yet overlooked aspect of any exercise or training program. Recovery begins once you take a break from training. Muscle glycogen stores get replenished and the body begins to rebuild and repair tiny muscle tears. Time is necessary for this repair process as the body rebuilds the muscle stronger than it was before.

Training alone does not improve you. It only becomes effective when you allow your body recover from the session and build itself slightly better. Remember, there is a difference between smart training and overtraining.

Our team of highly qualified Perth physiotherapists can assess your condition and advise on the level of training that is right for you. You will be likely recommended to rest from the activities until your body is able to comply with activities pain-free. Our physiotherapists are also experienced at assessing and treating sport-related injuries and returning people to their sport without recurrence of pain.

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