Immune Function And Overtraining

Research has shown that excessive training suppresses normal immune function, rendering athletes more susceptible to infection and disease.16 Studies show that short periods of overload training temporarily impair the immune function, and prolonged overtraining amplifies this suppression of immunity, with low quantities of lymphocytes and antibodies. Intense training during illness decreases the ability of athletes to fight off infection and increases the risk of subsequent complications.15

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