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Longitudinal monitoring of training distress in well-trained triathletes

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posted on 2022-10-25, 01:36 authored by Luana MainLuana Main, B Dawson, J R Grove, G J Landers
Exceptional performances are required by individuals who wish to be successful in the elite sporting arena. To develop the required levels of physical fitness and ability, athletes must regularly push themselves to their limits. If a stress-recovery imbalance exists for extended periods of time, athletes are likely to succumb to overtraining syndrome, which is a debilitating condition that requires months of rest for recovery. In addition to training stressors, athletes are subjected to numerous non-training stressors. These stressors need to be considered when monitoring the health and well being of athletes. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes in athlete self report measures of training distress across a ten month training and competitive season, taking into consideration external stressors and their additional overload effect. Thirty five, well-trained, triathletes (males n = 23: Age = 27.1 ± 9.1y and females n = 12: Age = 27.4 ± 6.6y) completed a weekly training log and responded to a questionnaire which addressed perceived stress levels, mood state, behavioural symptoms and degree
of burnout. These results were plotted and trends were analysed cross the season. There was a significant correlation between the total training load and the training distress questionnaire, r = .26, p < 0.01. There was also a significant correlation between the training distress questionnaire and the incidence of illness and injury, r = .24, p < 0.01. There was no significant relationship between training load and the incidence of injury and illness, suggesting that factors external to training, in addition to the athletes training load may indeed lead to
performance decrements resulting from injury and illness.

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Pagination

317 - 317

Location

Halkidiki, Greece

Start date

2007-09-04

End date

2007-09-09

ISBN-13

978-960-89923-0-6

Publication classification

E3.1 Extract of paper

Editor/Contributor(s)

Y Theodorakis, M Goudas, A Papaioannou

Title of proceedings

12th EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY Sport & Exercise Psychology: Bridges between disciplines & cultures

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