Overtraining After A Layoff: How You Can Help Your Athletes Avoid It

  • November 25, 2020

Returning to the playing field after a layoff, whether from injury, a facility closure or a cancelled season can be a challenge for any athlete. Understandably, many athletes want to jump right in and get back to work. However, it is important to remember that it takes time to regain the same level of fitness and performance that they enjoyed before their hiatus. Trying to do too much, too quickly can result in undue emotional, mental and physical stress, and potentially injury.

In this webinar, Sylvie Tetrault (Sports Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning – Gary Roberts High Performance Training) will explore how coaches can help their athletes return to sport safely by looking at:

  • What is stress and why is it important to understand?
  • Understanding stress and the Nervous System (Autonomic NS- Sympathetic vs. ParasympatheticStress and the impact on training
  • Stress and the immune system
  • Boosting the immune system through nutrition and lifestyle strategies
  • Stress resilience techniques
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Coach Responses

What are the biggest challenges in preparing your athlete(s) to return to training after a layoff?

What advice/techniques would you give to new coaches?

Share your tips and best practices!

Nadine Powell – Richmond HillSoccer

“Figuring out the proper loads and ensuring they are kept safe and injury-free. An added challenge is dealing with parents who always think intense is better. They don’t understand the demands on athletes and the potential for harm.”

Brian Stittle – Brampton – Hockey

“The need for a step-by-step approach to returning and the recognition that things won’t be the same as they were prior to the disruption.”

Gina Bin – Mississauga – Rowing

“Athletes are dealing with a new reality at this point, and the challenge is motivating our athletes to step into this new reality which for the right now includes training at home on their own. The challenge is to motivate the athletes to move into their training with confidence. We need to talk about their emotional well being especially with the isolation of training, not being able to train with their peers, have their coaches on hand to teach skills and correct techniques. It is more difficult for some to get up and get to the training if they do not have coaches and peers on hand to motivate them. Many have great aspirations for national teams, and the challenge to train with the intensity that they need can be scary at this time.”

Shannon Sandford – Bolton – Gymnastics

“Mental and physical stress of wanting to jump back into training. Making the athlete understand that this could result in an injury and set them back even more can be challenging.”

Claudio Berto – Calgary – Alpine Ski

“Trying to help athletes to understand that it takes time to improve and some just want to find short cuts.”

Scott Rye – Peter – Hockey

“The approach to build from basics again. Normally, they want to jump right in at the last spot/exercises.”

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