The Book on Overtraining Syndrome

Outline of the chapter 15. Novel insights in overtraining syndrome: summary and conclusions


June 27, 2021

Chapter 15. Novel insights in Overtraining Syndrome: Summary and conclusions. Outline. 

Novel insights in overtraining syndrome: from the massive amount of new and emerging data on OTS, the author provides an easy-to-understand summarization of the new insights on overtraining syndrome, that will allow readers to consolidate the learnings on the syndrome, as well as why OTS could be termed as ‘Paradoxical Deconditioning Syndrome’ (PDS), and why future researches should go beyond OTS.

Novel insights in overtraining syndrome – Summary and Conclusions: the author shows that OTS can be understood as a complex web of interactions among multiple risk factors, adverse biochemical conditions and forced dysfunctional adaptations (‘maladaptations’), that lead to numerous metabolic, biochemical and hormonal ‘deconditionings’, which eventually result in the mitigation of the metabolism and paradoxical decreased performance, also termed as physical ‘deconditioning’, the hallmark of overtraining syndrome. This syndrome is no longer perceived as caused by excessive training, but as resulted from a combination of insufficient protein, carbohydrate or caloric intake, poor sleep quality, concurrent other energy demands, particularly the cognitive ones, and lack of recovery. Hence, while the name “overtraining syndrome” only covers one of the risk factors and does not synthetize the hallmark underlying mechanism of this syndrome, the proposed term “paradoxical deconditioning syndrome” (PDS) describes the key feature of the syndrome within one expression.

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