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Psychological Context of Overtraining Syndrome in Elite Athletes in Adolescence: Literature Review

Iva Burešová, Petr Květon, Martin Jelínek
Published: 9 June 2021

Abstract: The article presents an overview of important findings concerning the overtraining syndrome (OTS) in elite athletes. Although the scientific community agrees that OTS is a multifactorially determined and individually variable phenomenon, which can have a serious impact on the individual, there are still some inconsistencies. Therefore, in our study we focused on the terminology of the phenomenon, its prevalence, etiology and symptomatology. We paid specific attention to psychological instruments of detecting OTS indicators. Given that in the period of adolescence the training process in the majority of sport disciplines intensifies significantly, the context of developmental changes during this period in relation to OTS is discussed. The final part of the study summarizes the basic principles of prevention of this pathological phenomenon.
Keywords: OTS / overtraining syndrome / elite athletes / Context / Adolescence / Psychological / phenomenon

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