5 Signs of a Smart Athlete
5 Signs of a Smart Athlete:
1. They are very good at sports they like to play.
For example, if you love playing soccer or tennis, then it’s pretty obvious that you’re not going to become an elite athlete just because your parents bought you a ball and told you to practice all day long. You have to really want it! If someone doesn’t enjoy their sport, they’ll probably never get better than themself.
2. They are very athletic.
Athletes tend to be better than average in most areas. Some examples include:
• Better at sports that require speed and agility (such as track & field)
• Better at sports requiring strength (such as weightlifting)
3. Their intelligence tends to be above average.
Intelligence is one of the best predictors of success in life. A smart person will do well in almost any endeavor. A smart person is likely to excel in whatever they choose to pursue.
4. They are extremely hard working and motivated.
Hard work and motivation are two things that make up for many of the shortcomings of an athlete. An athlete who is lazy or unmotivated won’t last very long in anything. Most people don’t realize that the only way to become a professional athlete is through hard work and dedication!
5. They are very coachable.
No matter how intelligent or talented you are, you still need to be coachable. A smart athlete will recognize the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others, and they will listen when a coach is giving directions.
These are just some characteristics of a smart athlete. Of course, these aren’t always present in successful athletes. However, if you see that an athlete has most of these qualities, it’s pretty safe to say that they’re going places!
5 Overtraining Syndrome Symptoms
5 Training Tips for a Smart Athlete
Over Training Syndrome (OTS) & How to Prevent It
How to Train to Prevent Over-Training Syndrome (OTS)
Why Over Training Syndrome Is More Serious Than Other Sports Injuries
Over Training Syndrome (OTS)
How to Prevent Overtraining in Athletes
The best way to recover from overtraining is obviously taking time off from training. However, this isn’t always an option for many athletes who need to be at top physical condition to participate in their sport. For these types of athletes, there are other options to help reduce overtraining.
Cross-training is a great way to help prevent overtraining syndrome (OTS). It gives the body a rest from the same repetitive movements involved in your sport/exercise routine. Cross-training also gives your body a chance to strengthen muscles that it doesn’t normally use and increase your range of motion. It will also give your central nervous system a rest which can help prevent overtraining.
The best way to cross-train is to choose a sport or exercise that works on different skills than your own. For example, if you’re a runner, swimming or bicycling would be good alternatives. If you play a ball sport, try dancing or tennis. The key is to pick an alternative that keeps you active but works on different muscles and movements.
Another thing you can do to prevent overtraining is to pay attention to your nutrition. Before training, eat foods high in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the primary fuel source for exercisers. They’re broken down into glucose which provides energy to your working muscles.
After training, eat proteins and carbohydrates. This helps your body quickly restore glycogen stores which gives you immediate energy and helps build muscle.
It’s also important to drink plenty of fluids while exercising. Dehydration can not only decrease physical performance, but it can also lead to illness. To prevent this, drink at least six to eight glasses of water a day while training.
3. Get Enough Rest
It’s extremely important to get enough rest while training because overtraining can often lead to dropped training sessions. This means either your body or mind will begin to feel fatigued and you won’t have the energy or desire to train. Getting enough rest allows your muscles to repair and rebuild which is essential for peak performance.
It’s a good idea to get eight to ten hours of sleep a night while training. Also, never train the day after a big game or event. Your body needs time to recover from the competitive event and build up its strength again. It takes an average of 72 hours to fully recover from a major event.
Setting goals is another great way to prevent overtraining. Having a goal to look forward to helps keep you focused and motivated. It’s also a good idea to keep your goals realistic. If you’re training for a marathon, it’s not a good idea to plan to run a 5k the next day.
This can actually lead to overtraining if you’re planning on doing too much too soon.
It’s also a good idea to have short-term goals as well as long-term goals. This keeps your workouts interesting and less repetitive. Both short-term and long-term goals should be realistic.
5. Listen to Your Body
Last but not least, it’s extremely important to listen to your body while training. If you begin to feel any of the symptoms of overtraining syndrome (OTS), you need to cut back on your training schedule immediately and take a rest day. Also, if you’re suddenly feeling more fatigued than usual, chances are you need a rest day.
When cutting back on your training schedule, it’s important to remember not to skip too many training days in a row. Once you begin to feel like yourself again, you can slowly begin to increase your training volume again. It’s also a good idea to increase your training schedule by no more than 10% every two weeks.
Take Home Message
There’s a lot you can do to prevent overtraining while training for your sport of choice. However, it’s important to remember that overtraining is extremely serious and can destroy your performance if not prevented. So, it’s critical that you listen to your body and take a rest day when you need one.
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