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Last modified: Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Denver Post

July 25, 2006

Too much isn't a good thing; Overtraining is counterproductive -- and sometimes career-ending

This story originally appeared in The Denver Post and also was published in the Indianapolis Star.

Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute-mile mark in 1954 on about 30 minutes a day of training. Gunder Hagg, a Swedish runner, had set the previous mile record in 1945 training mostly on his lunch hours as a firefighter. But over the past few decades, athletes in various sports have stepped up both volume and intensity in their workouts. Some contend that such heavy regimens are necessary to reach one's optimum performance. But sports psychologist John Raglin of Indiana University-Bloomington warns that overtraining often backfires, sending athletes into tailspins that can be career-ending.

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