Overtraining syndrome

When training the athlete it is recommended to use training loads that are tolerable to the adaptability of the athlete. As a result , we expect the performance level of the athlete to improve with training.

To ensure this situation we must temporarily increase training loads. But the question will be how much we can stress the athlete to obtain maximal benefit, but not overtrain him/her. If de-adaptation occurs due to overtraining it is usually too late to effectively reverse the condition of the athlete. Therefore, the key issue in dealing with overtraining syndrome is prevention.

Jarek Maestu

Jarek Mäestu (PhD, Sports Sciences) - Researcher at Sportlyzer Rowing Academy. He also works as a researcher and gives lectures on coaching sciences in the University of Tartu.