The Book on Overtraining Syndrome

Outline of the chapter 11. Practical approach to the athlete suspected or at high-risk for OTS

June 27, 2021

Chapter 11. Practical approach to the athlete suspected or at high-risk for OTS. Outline.

New diagnostic tools for OTS: once multiple novel markers and mechanisms have been unveiled in OTS, it is natural that novel diagnostic tools would be proposed, as consequences of these novel findings. The author explains each of these tools, and how they can be greatly helpful for the everyday practice.

Preliminary score for the diagnosis of OTS: following the specific scientific publication on this, the author proposes practical scales, including those easy to use for clinical practice, even in places where some tools for the diagnosis are not available.

Tools for the identification of athletes at high risk for OTS: once OTS is hard to be fully remitted, working on a prevention basis is much more effective. And the paramount method is to effectively identify those at high or imminent risk of OTS, in order to offer specific preventive approaches. The book brings accurate tools for the detection of these athletes. The ultimate objective is to reduce, and ideally extinct the occurrence of OTS.

Advances in the diagnosis of OTS: direct comparisons with the researches of the past highlight the advances that science has had in the field of OTS, and help readers to better understand the main messages of the book.

Effective prevention of OTS: regardless of the risk of developing OTS, a long-term, solid prevention approach should be the most effective modality to substantially decrease the development of OTS. The author enumerates the tools for its prevention, in a quite practical and clinical manner, so that the increasing number of health professionals that deal with athletes may help this population in the long run.

Recommendations to recover from OTS: while research on OTS has been primarily focused on the identification of its biomarkers, protocols and evaluation of the course of OTS once installed lacks. In this section, the author provides a scientific-based protocol to optimize the recovery process from OTS, as well as what to expect from biochemical biomarkers.

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