Overtraining Can Kill You: The 3 Stages of Overtraining, Part 1

Overtraining Syndrome Symptoms

Symptoms of Over Training Syndrome (OTS) are listed below. They include:

Fatigue and lack of energy. Fatigue may occur due to physical exhaustion or mental fatigue caused by stress.

Fatigue may result from poor sleep patterns, prolonged exercise sessions, or other factors such as anxiety and depression. Lack of motivation. Lack of motivation may occur due to lack of energy, fear, or worry. Lack of concentration. Concentration problems may occur because your mind is preoccupied with thoughts related to overtraining and its symptoms. Depression and feelings of hopelessness. Depression can result when you feel like you cannot overcome the problem and there is no way out for you. Feelings of despair are common among those suffering from OTS symptoms. Anxiety and panic attacks. Panic attacks can occur if you have been exposed to too much stimulation during the day. These are very unpleasant experiences and they cause great distress to sufferers. If you experience these symptoms, it means that your body is already experiencing some level of stress due to the overtraining symptoms. Depression and feelings of hopelessness can also result from these types of events. Low self-esteem and low confidence in yourself. If you believe that you are unable to cope with the symptoms of overtraining, then your low confidence and self-esteem will worsen. This is because you will not believe in yourself or your abilities. You will feel that you have failed to achieve your goals.

OTS Recovery

It is important to remember that you do not have to suffer from these symptoms forever. There are many people just like you who have suffered from these symptoms in the past but you can recover completely.

It is not easy, but it can be done. This is why you should seek the help of a good physician and also get yourself a personal trainer. Your personal trainer will guide you through the process of recovery and your doctor will give you all the assistance that you need in terms of medication. You can recover completely from OTS, but you will have to be patient and learn how to live a more relaxed life.

Overtraining Syndrome

The medical term for overtraining is called Overtraining Syndrome or OTS. The problem with this condition is that some athletes do not even realize they have it.

This makes it difficult to cure the problem especially if the patient does not seek medical attention. As a result, most cases are mild and can be treated by a qualified coach or instructor. There are cases of OTS that can be life-threatening, but these types of cases are rare. The following are some of the most common warning signs that someone may be suffering from OTS. These symptoms may vary from person to person and each one of you may experience a unique set of them while others do not experience any at all.

Sudden decrease in performance. The most obvious warning sign that someone may be suffering from OTS is a sudden decrease in athletic performance.

This drop in performance is not due to a lack of practice or conditioning, it is due to the fact that the athlete’s body is no longer recovering from his workouts. This means he is overtraining and his body is no longer able to heal itself properly or build up the necessary energy reserves to compete at a high level of performance.

Sources & references used in this article:

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Biochemical and immunological markers of over-training by M Gleeson – Journal of sports science & medicine, 2002 – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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