How to Avoid Overtraining Injuries

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Fitness is an important part of maintaining overall health, and offers many benefits to bones and joints. Whether you are an avid athlete or simply engaging in regular exercise, injuries can happen. Overtraining injuries typically occur when you increase your exercise regimen or push your body to a higher level of intensity.

Tips on Avoiding Overtraining Injuries

  1. Be wary of increasing exercise difficulty too quickly. Gradual progression is key. Creating and following a plan that structures your exercise toward your goals can help you stay injury free.
  2. Take it slow and manage expectations. In other words, ease into your activity. Overtraining injuries can quickly happen when you engage in rigorous exercise after a long period of inactivity, or attempt to achieve a fitness goal in a short period of time.
  3. Listen to your body. If you’re sore for an extended period of time or in pain, or a specific activity is causing strain, you may be overdoing it. Fatigue is also a sign of overtraining.
  4. Give yourself breaks. A common indicator of overtraining is not scheduling break days. Muscles, joints and bones need restorative days in order to remain healthy.
  5. Fuel your body with nutritious foods. Be sure to incorporate adequate proteins, grains, vegetables, fruits and calcium-rich foods into your diet.
  6. Rest. Sleep plays an important role in our body’s ability to build and repair.

Our team of physical therapists can evaluate whether or not you are suffering from overtraining and exhibiting the signs of overtraining syndrome. Our physical therapists typically evaluate the following:

  • Overtraining symptoms
  • Strength and flexibility
  • Biomechanical and technique issues
  • Activity levels and training errors

Once they have evaluated you, they can work with you to create a personalized plan to help you recover and achieve your goals safely. Our physical therapists offer both surgery rehabilitation as well as sport specific injury prevention in the following areas:

  • Comprehensive Spine Rehab
  • Orthopedic Injuries:
    • Shoulder
    • Hip
    • Knee
    • Foot/Ankle
  • Sports Specific Rehab:
    • Cycling/Bike Fit
    • Throwing Athletes
    • Running
    • Aging Athletes
    • Swimming

At Rebound, we offer you focused and effective treatment plans to get you feeling better and moving better quickly. Our physical therapists and athletic trainers work as a team with your physician to help facilitate a full and rapid recovery. If you are in need of a consultation or sport-specific analysis, do not hesitate to contact us today.