“Overtraining” is when your training regime surpasses your body’s ability to recover and recuperate. If recovery is not optimum or sufficient, injuries can occur.
Training again without fully recovering can lead to injuries, poor sports performance, and reduced psychological well-being.
Not only training intensely but, athletes training with inadequate training partners can lead to situations affecting psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being, which can result in overtraining.
There are certain signs to look out for:
1. Higher resting heart rate
2. Changes in normal blood pressure
3. Delayed return to normal heart rate
4. Elevated basal metabolic rate
5. Elevated body temperature
6. Weight loss/excessive thirst
7. Impeded respiration
8. Subcostal aching (pain below the ribs)
9. Bowel disorders (bouts of constipation or diarrhoea)
1. Sleep disturbances
2. Loss of self-confidence, mainly in physical performance
3. Drowsiness and apathy
5. Emotional and motivational imbalance
6. Excessive, prolonged weariness
7. Lack of appetite (anorexia)
The key factor is listening to your body and seek advice.