Know Your “Red Flags”
Listen to your body. Though every athlete is different, almost all have “red flags” signaling when physiologic and mental stressors are taking a toll on the body. Nieman says common signs of weakened immune systems are undue fatigue, high resting heart rate and a lack of desire to train.
When athletes notice their “red flags,” they should scale back on training for a day or two to allow the body to recover and immunity to be restored. Additionally, extra preventive measures may be needed during this time, such as limiting exposure to ill people and avoiding high-risk areas.
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