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Medicina dello Sport 1999 September;52(3):159-63

Copyright © 1999 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Overtraining syndrome an free radicals production

Rossi R., Parisse I., Tassi C., Gambelunghe C., Micheletti A., Sammarco S., Gentile L., Ruffini S.

Scuola di Specializzazione in Medicina dello Sport, Università degli Studi - Perugia


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Overtraining syndrome strikes those athletes subjected to loads greater than their ability to recover. It is a serious pathology, above all for duration of the symptoms which prevents normal training and favours “staleness”, a psychophysical emptying syndrome. Precocious alterations in mood permit one to diagnose the overtraining syndrome which may come before the physical damages. Today the hypothesis that, at the base of this pathology there could be oxidative stress with production of mitochondrial superoxide caused by overtraining is gaining ground. Even though direct administration of antioxidants supplementation cannot cure the pathology, preventive increase of the body’s antioxidant capacity could perhaps be the most effective therapy for the overtraining syndrome.

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