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Over Training Athletes
 
    Athletes can over do their training. Think of the body as a black box. If you stress the body's physical, mental, or emotional systems beyond its normal capacity it can attempt to over come the additional stress, but eventually it can overload and begin to shut down. Sometimes the result can be catastrophic.

    Some trainers suggest that an athlete is given a rest phase, the body can build a stronger system. Their training plan consists of overloading the body system followed by letting the system rest and rebuild, and then stressing it again to a higher level.

   The concept of "Periodization: is built on the premise that managing this stress-and-rest cycle can optimize improvement and maximize the overall gain in performance. The form of periodization must be carefully applied to a individual athlete whose physical characteristics and their training age may produce unexpected results. 

   Skaters, parents, and coaches should proceed with caution and not engage in a radical program until they have explored a modified training program that does not push the skater to extreme limits.

Recommended Reading:

PDF  Trainability of Children
PDF  Trainability of Young Athletes and Overtraining

References:

Developing Training Plans

Developing A Plan for Success

Training Considerations

Resources:

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Physical and Mental Training Considerations
Learning & Training Evaluation Theory
Exercises to Develop Coordination
Training Approaches
Training Strategies
Daily Training Tasks
Principle Of Variation
Training Transfer
Off-Season Conditioning
Peak Performance Training
Endurance Training
Building Endurance
PDF  Weight training Exercises
PDF  Strength Training Exercises
PDF  Power Skating Classes
PDF  Core Body Training
PDF  Endurance Training Plan

  
 
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