The Summer season is a typical off season period where athletes spend a large amount of time training to get bigger, stronger, faster, and fine tuning their skills to get an edge on the competition. While increasing the intensity and volume of your workouts can improve performance, it is important to ensure you are not overtraining and allowing your body to recover with simple tips from your physical therapists here at AAPT.
Tips on how you can prevent overtraining this summer!
At Athletic Advantage Physical Therapy we want to share the signs of overtraining:
Increased muscle/joint soreness and pain, lingering aches and pains over 24-36 hrs.
Mood changes, increased irritability
Insomnia or changes in sleep pattern
Decreased appetite, weight loss
Abnormal perspiration at low or normal workout intensities
Plateaus in training or unable to “keep up” with previously performed workouts
Loss of interest or desire to train or compete
We suggest avoiding overtraining by:
Scheduling “off” or “rest” days into your normal training schedule
Ensure proper nutrition
Create a bedtime routine, take advantage of afternoon power naps
Train based on your abilities and goals, not someone else’s
Manage external stressors and set a routine
Incorporate new activities or unfamiliar exercises into routine for “cross training”
If you are looking for help in your off-season training, or simply decreasing pain after your workouts, we are here to help you understand your body and set goals and assessments that can help you perform at your highest level. Give us a call for an appointment and we can help create a one on one plan that will help you this summer and all the rest of the year.
SUMMER TIME TIP: GET IN THE POOL!
If you are looking for something new to add to your routine, check out some of our pool exercises you could incorporate this summer!