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Overtraining and burnout in sport

Overtraining and burnout in sport

Has your sports performance decreased or stagnated for a long period of time even though you are still training?

Do you feel exhausted all the time and cannot recover from training and competition?

Do you have disturbed sleep and complain of frequent illnesses like colds, sore throat, tonsillitis or flu-like symptoms?

Do you feel depressed, sad, irritable, and with a lack of enjoyment for your sport but are still trying to get out of this vicious cycle?

If you identify yourself with any (or all) of the above symptoms you are very likely experiencing overtraining. If, on the other hand, you have gone through all these symptoms but feel that you are running out of motivation and considering withdrawing from your sport, you may not be overtraining and could be experiencing burnout in sport.

As an elite athlete who competed for Portugal and attained several national titles in swimming, I also experienced overtraining that, after years of desperate efforts, led me to a state of burnout and withdrawal from swimming altogether. I have since then gained great interest in understanding in overtraining in sport and what had happened with me. I went on to pursue a career in sports science and a PhD that taught me the physical, psychological, cultural and sociological intricacies of overtraining and burnout in sport. I now look back and understand much better what was not going so well. In my case, I was highly pressured by my father, (even if he was giving what he felt was the best for me and had little knowledge of overtraining) who was training more than my mind and body could cope with at the time, and experienced swim coaches that always seemed to put high expectations on me, most likely due to my high talent for swimming. In the end, overtraining developed through the years because mainly of the interaction between all these factors that culminated in a state of burnout and complete disgust and dread for a sport I was supposed to love and enjoy, and that had been such a big part of my life. They were very tough times where I did not have people around me who knew what was happening, let alone what to do with me so I could recover.

Well, I have good news for you. I can help you and you don’t have to go through all of the turmoils of overtraining and burnout. By joining my personal and past experience in swimming and sport, with my scientific knowledge and the powerful methodology of overtraining in sport, you can embark on a four to six-month journey with me that will unleash your potential and set you free from the conditioned patterns that are most likely unconscious in you and have been stopping you all along.

If you are interested in learning more about overtraining and my approach to dealing with burnout in sport, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a free 30-minute consultation call.

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Henry Ford, American businessman and inventor

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