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databases. The authors selected their sources based on their contributions to the contemporary knowledge of molecular, psychological, and biological mechanisms. Matos, Winsley, and Williams (2011) ascertain that overreaching and overtraining in athletes can result in significant decreases in performance, coupled with psychological and physical health problems in athletes. Most athletes have desires of becoming elite-level performers and may engage in rigorous training programs to improve their performance. Some of these programs may involve intensive training practices. As such, it is common for athletes to experience excessive training. Therefore, overtraining is an issue that trainers and athletes should take seriously since it may severely affect the performance of athletes. If left unchecked, overtraining in athletes can lead to overtraining syndrome. The syndrome is characterized by the persistence of fatigue, changes in mood state, poor performance, and frequent illnesses such as
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HOW MUCH TRAINING IS TOO MUCH? 5 upper respiratory tract infection. The syndrome implies the inability of an athlete’s body to adapt to cumulative fatigue caused by intensive exercise training on a daily basis that is not balanced with sufficient and appropriate rest. Lastly, Winsley and Matos (2011) also discuss the subject of overtraining in elite young athletes. The authors point out that, unlike research on adult overtraining, there is inadequate research on the overtraining syndrome in elite young athletes. However, (Winsley & Matos 2011) also point out that most symptoms of overtraining observed in elite young athletes are similar to those reported in overtrained adult athletes. Some of the identified signs and symptoms of overtraining include the inability to concentrate, decreased self-confidence, decreased interest in competition and training, shortness of temper, mood disturbances, loss of appetite, sleep disturbances, muscle soreness, frequent upper respiratory tract infections, and increased perception of effort during exercise. Study Purpose Based on the background, the purpose of this research is to establish whether there is an optimum amount of training, and how much training is too much. Methodology The study will consist of surveys of athletes’ activities. Fifty athletes (25 male and 25 female) from three different sports, football, basketball, and volleyball will volunteer to participate in the study. The average age of the participants will be 24. The survey will be formulated based on psychosocial factors, physical issues, physical issues, frequency and duration of training episodes, OT (over training) past experiences, and the training loads that the athletes experience.
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