EXCESSIVE SPORTS TRAINING CAN BE DANGEROUS

An obsession with sport could be dangerous – and hide something else

“ONE OF THE country’s top sport psychologists has warned about the dangers of striving for elitism in sport.”

“Tadhg MacIntyre, a psychology lecturer at the University of Limerick Sports and Exercise Department who consults with the Munster Rugby team said there are real dangers when it comes to overtraining, while he’s also concerned about how some exercise routines and races are packaged.”

“It’s where people view exercise not as a way to supplement their mood but as a coping method for something else; in other words, without exercise in their day they can’t cope. It’s maladaptive because it’s bad for you; it takes over your life,” he continued.”

“Women are even more at risk as regards body image disorder, amenorrhea, osteoporosis; that’s strongly linked to exercise dependence, changes to menstrual cycle, potential eating disorders, so potentially, women are higher risk.”

“We’re trying to sell it as being mad and crazy. That’s giving licence to obsessive behaviour rather than saying ‘efficient training’ but that’s not good marketing. ’The world’s most efficient training plan’ won’t sell.”

“What we’re doing is giving licence to people to do insanity workouts for 12 weeks. That’s probably not sustainable, you’ve to moderate your training based on your body’s response. It’s not for everyone.”

See complete report: http://www.the42.ie/obsession-sports-2471834-Jan2016

[An obsession with sport could be dangerous – and hide something else, The42, 1/19/2016]
[Top sports psychologist Tadhg MacIntyre says you shouldn’t ‘need’ that run or gym session to cope., Jan 2nd 2016, shutterstock_231816463 Source: Shutterstock/Tyler Olson]

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