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How do I prevent overtraining?

To help prevent overtraining, be sure to allow adequate recovery periods between bouts of exercises or days of training. A proper cool-down following games or intense workouts may prove to be helpful as well. Overtraining can prevent athletes from reaching training goals which can lead to poor motivation or even quitting. Overtraining is a pathological state that results from cumulative neuromuscular and metabolic fatigue. Common signs of overtraining include prolonged foot contact, lack of neuromuscular control, decreased vertical jump height or horizontal displacement, and requiring longer rest periods between bouts of activity. In addition, coaches will notice that the athlete will have difficulty reaching target training zones, may report inadequate sleep, and will often describe workouts as draining or not feeling "refreshed" afterwards.

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