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Overtraining: Writing a Check Your Body Can’t Cash

By |2017-09-11T08:27:10-05:00September 11th, 2017|Fatigue, Health, Lifestyle|

An Introduction to Overtraining Dedicated training is necessary to maximize performance whether you are a "weekend warrior" or a professional athlete. Placing increasing demands on the body can improve many factors of performance. For example, enhancement of strength and endurance (both physical and mental), muscle control, coordination and a host of other factors. Proper training management has many benefits for the body. These include increased muscle mass, respiratory function, and cardiac output. There are even anatomical and physiological benefits. If not managed properly the result can be severe fatigue and injury as physical demands are increased more rapidly than the [...]

Overuse Injuries in Youth Athletics

By |2017-08-28T08:53:36-05:00August 28th, 2017|Health, Sports|

Overuse injuries are becoming increasingly common in youth athletics. Participation in organized sports provides many physical and social benefits. However, poor training and overuse can result in serious and lasting damage.  Athletic injuries range from simple abrasions and contusions to serious head and back injuries. Most often such injuries involve damage to the muscles and joints of the arms and legs. Thrower's Elbow Thrower's elbow is damage to the elbow due to overuse. It occurs when forceful overhand/overhead throwing motions are routine. This condition is most frequently seen in baseball, specifically in pitchers. It also occurs in other sports such as [...]

Focus on Fatigue: Part 4 – Workplace Health and Safety

By |2017-08-10T12:00:52-05:00August 11th, 2017|Fatigue, Health, Lifestyle, Wellness|

Workplace Fatigue Fatigue in the workplace is a serious and growing problem for both employers and employees.  As we discussed in part 1, fatigue is caused by many factors. For example, feelings of tiredness or exhaustion, weakness, lack of energy, or reduced muscle strength and coordination. Fatigue can affect both physical and cognitive performance which can lead to emotional changes such as depression and irritability.  Any one of these can negatively impact worker safety and performance.  In part 2 of this series, we learned about the potential health consequences for fatigued individuals. This fatigue also contributes to workplace accidents and [...]

Focus on Fatigue: Part 3 – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By |2017-08-03T12:44:22-05:00August 4th, 2017|Health, Lifestyle, Wellness|

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a major health problem. Not only in the United States but in many other countries as well. CFS is characterized by a severe persistent fatigue that does not respond to rest and is exacerbated by moderate exertion. There are no infectious or chemical agents consistently associated with it and no indication of it being hereditary. CFS is only considered after all other causes of fatigue have been ruled out. There currently exists no medical test capable of diagnosing chronic fatigue syndrome. Because of this, some physicians have even been skeptical that it is a “real” disease.  [...]

Focus on Fatigue: Part 2 – Persistent fatigue

By |2017-08-03T12:45:25-05:00July 28th, 2017|Health, Lifestyle, Wellness|

Fatigue associated with mental or physical exertion is usually of short duration. However, there are many medical conditions in which persistent fatigue is a symptom.   Fatigue can result from result of poor diet, viral or bacterial infections, lack of exercise and other factors. But in these cases, medical intervention or a change in lifestyle can make all the difference. (see our previous post to learn about the causes of fatigue). Persistent Fatigue Chronic or persistent fatigue is present in a variety of different conditions. At times that fatigue is mild, but it is often severe enough to be debilitating.  Unfortunately, [...]

Focus on Fatigue : Part 1 – Characteristics and Causes

By |2017-07-25T17:38:59-05:00July 21st, 2017|Health, Lifestyle, Wellness|

What is fatigue? Fatigue is a highly complex condition. It can occur or intensify due to increased physical activity, long periods of elevated mental performance, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, disease, or other factors. Most people think of "fatigue" as a feeling of physical or mental tiredness or a general lack of vitality. This feeling can be mild or it can be extreme enough to qualify as exhaustion.  In the case of physical or mental exertion, fatigue is usually of short duration and goes away with adequate rest. However, it is sometimes severe and persistent enough to negatively impact everyday [...]