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What are some side-effects of overtraining?

Jun 10, 2014

Overtraining can be dangerous physically and mentally. Physically, overtraining can make you more prone to injury, either by overuse or fatigue and loss of form. Often with over training athletes will plateau or even lose gains they have made because of the strain and fatigue their bodies are dealing with. Mentally and emotionally, overtraining can take it's toll by taking enjoyment away from training, and in some cases can even lead to emotional disturbances such as depression, lack of appetite, and problems sleeping. –Kristen

Overtraining can result in a number of negative and at times serious side effects. Initially progress will slow because your body is unable to fully recover between workouts. You also become more susceptible to injuries due to your body being in a state of fatigue. When overtraining goes to the extreme it can results in trouble sleeping, irritability, and loss of appetite as well.-Keith

There are many dangers that come along with over training. One of the dangers is it can increase the risk of overuse injuries. Performing the same type of exercise daily increases the risk of overuse injury in joints like the knees or elbows. Unlike acute injuries, which are caused by a sudden traumatic event, overuse injuries occur over time from repetitive use of the same joints or muscles. Examples of common overuse injuries include tennis elbow, runner’s knee and Achilles tendinitis.-Sara


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