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Overtraining: a real issue for amateur and elite athletes alike

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The new year and watching the winter Olympics has many people thinking about starting new exercise regimens to reach fitness goals. While we’re constantly reminded that exercise is beneficial for our physical and mental well-being, did you know there is such a thing as overtraining? Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D, sports medicine specialist and orthopedist in Long Island, New York, explains that overtraining is when you exercise at a rate more intensely or frequently than your body can recover. Fortunately, we have some ways to prevent this type of injury, as well as the causes, diagnosis, and treatment options for it. woman-running-bleachers  


What is it and what causes it?
    • Overtraining Syndrome (OTS) can occur when you exercise at a rate  more intensely or frequently than your body can recover
    • Can cause physical and mental symptoms like fatigue, decreased performance and irritability
    • The National Institute of Health (NIH) explains that OTS often occurs when someone is “overreaching” during training
How is it diagnosed?
    • Patients usually complain of fatigue, decrease in athletic performance
    • Other symptoms may include muscle soreness, decreased coordination, weight loss, mood changes
    • Typically diagnosed by an orthopedic surgeon with knowledge of sports medicine
    • While there are no tests, other diseases can be ruled out first
What are the treatment options?
    • Reduced training alone may help alleviate effects of OTS
    • Maintain a healthy diet and sleep schedule, stay hydrated
    • Treatment requires rest and a stress management program over 3 months
    • Balance rest and physical activity
    • The NIH recommends monitoring your training load, performance measures and mood
    • Keep records of important health data like heart rate, blood pressure and weight for future comparison and to monitor your health
 Think you or a loved one might have a overtraining syndrome or another orthopedic issue? Contact us today at our Huntington, NY location to discuss your treatment.    

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