Contributing Factors to Overtraining in the Adolescent Multi-Season/Sport Athlete

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Abstract

SUMMARY

TODAY'S ATHLETES ARE RUNNING FASTER, JUMPING HIGHER, THROWING FARTHER, AND LIFTING HEAVIER. THIS IMPROVEMENT IN PERFORMANCE IS A TESTAMENT TO THE DEDICATION AND HARD WORK OF ATHLETES, COACHES, ATHLETIC TRAINERS, STRENGTH COACHES, AND OTHERS WHO INVEST SO MUCH INTO THE SPORTS TRAINING PROCESS. WITH A GROWING EMPHASIS ON COMPETITION AND WINNING, THERE IS AN ASSOCIATED RISK OF OVERTRAINING, ESPECIALLY WITH ATHLETES IN HIGH SCHOOLS WHO PARTICIPATE IN MULTIPLE SPORTS OR IN BACK-TO-BACK SEASONS. PLAYING MULTIPLE SPORTS IS NOT IN ITSELF A RISK; HOWEVER, ELIMINATING OR REDUCING RECOVERY CYCLES CAN INCREASE AN ATHLETE'S RISK OF OVERTRAINING.

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