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Sports medicine

A practical approach to persistent fatigue in athletes

Matt Chamberlain, Kylie Shaw,

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Abstract

Fatigue in athletes is a common presentation in general practice. Persistent fatigue is suggestive of inadequate recovery but may also signal an underlying medical cause.

Article Extract

Fatigue in athletes is a common presentation in general practice. It may be physiological (which is associated with higher training loads) or pathological (which is longer lasting and may be multifactorial in origin). The hallmark of physiological fatigue is reversal with brief cessation or reduction in training. In contrast, pathological fatigue is persistent and results in impaired performance.

This article discusses common causes of persistent fatigue in athletes and presents a practical approach to management.

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