24 August 2011

Overtraining a concern

Rugby players are expected to peak several times a year, coinciding with the playoffs of the different tournaments, this can lead to overtraining and exhaustion.

It has been known for a long time that it is not possible to maintain a physical and mental peak for more than a few weeks at a time.

Rugby players, in particular, are faced with very specific challenges as invariably they are expected to peak several times a year, coinciding with the playoffs of the different tournaments.  

  1. monitor symptoms of fatigue very precisely so that players succumbing to chronic fatigue can be identified and managed, and
  2. coaches will have to learn how to rotate players more efficiently, without detracting from the strength and momentum of the team. The next section will discuss the symptoms of overtraining, the principles of periodisation, and suggest a monitoring program that detects subtle symptoms of fatigue, which may be used strategically to manage the players. It is logical to assume that if the training is adjusted when symptoms of fatigue manifest, that the full-blown symptoms of overtraining will be curtailed.




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