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Overtraining: Symptoms, causes, and how we can help


Inigo San Millan
Iñigo San Millán, PhD

AURORA, Colorado | June 17, 2015

When Iñigo San Millán made a career move, from working as a physiologist for professional cycling teams in Europe to his current position at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, he thought he wouldn't see overtraining in athletes who weren't professionals.

"Then I opened the door to recreational athletes, and I was like, 'come on, training 20 hours a week? They're not going to get overtrained,' " San Millán says.

"I was wrong."

San Millán is the director of sports performance at the new University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center, which opens next month in Boulder, and one of his areas of expertise is overtraining — a condition for which there isn't a strict definition in the medical community, but generally refers to a state in which an athlete's performance is in stasis or decline due to too great of training volume with not enough rest, or improper nutrition.

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