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In sport science and sport nutrition we work a lot with and talk a lot about numbers. Already the assessment is usually full of numbers. Height, weight, age, body fat, watts, maximal heart rate, morning heart rate, maximal power output. And we continue with the numbers when we talk about blood values, power-to-weight ratio, calorie needs and many more.

 
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Who has never experienced some sort of fatigue? Most of the time fatigue is linked to stress or sleep deprivation, in a few cases it’s linked to some medical condition. In athletes, fatigue is often temporary and a result of training load. Once adapted to it we feel less fatigued. However, fatigue may also be related to poor nutrition (e.g. few energy, poor food choices, dehydration). Especially in active people fatigue can turn into a chronic condition and needs further investigation. Sometimes a change in eating habits is enough to increase energy intake and improve performance.

Symptoms linked to fatigue include

  • increased heart rate
  • sleep disturbances
  • depression
  • reduced appetite
  • lack of motivation (in training)
  • decreased performance
  • increased rate of perceived exerction


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Who has never experienced some sort of fatigue? Most of the time fatigue is linked to stress or sleep deprivation, in a few cases it’s linked to some medical condition. In athletes, fatigue is often temporary and a result of training load. Once adapted to it we feel less fatigued. However, fatigue may also be related to poor nutrition (e.g. few energy, poor food choices, dehydration). Especially in active people fatigue can turn into a chronic condition and needs further investigation. Sometimes a change in eating habits is enough to increase energy intake and improve performance.

Symptoms linked to fatigue include

  • increased heart rate
  • sleep disturbances
  • depression
  • reduced appetite
  • lack of motivation (in training)
  • decreased performance
  • increased rate of perceived exerction

 

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