Friday 6 December 2019

Recovery is key to avoid 'overtraining'

Dr Siobhan O'Connor with student Kayleigh Dunning in Athlone Institute of Technology. Photo: James Flynn/APX
Dr Siobhan O'Connor with student Kayleigh Dunning in Athlone Institute of Technology. Photo: James Flynn/APX

IMPROVING fitness is as dependent on the recovery in between exercise as the exercise itself, according to sports scientists and coaches.

The 'overtraining syndrome' is a staged process that ultimately results in 'burnout' among athletes and can result in psychological problems as well as physical stress.

Players involved in rigorous training regimes may first suffer from overreaching whereby they are not allowing enough recovery times. This is common among top sports people, people playing a variety of games and even those who are only involved in one activity.

"Over-reaching is the first stage and means the combined workload doesn't allow for adequate recovery," explains Prof Niall Moyna.

"The problem is the next phase is overtraining, where you're consistently over-reaching and don't get appropriate recovery." At that point, you're looking at a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Irish Independent

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