Training athletes please look here!!

Hi all

 I'm a postgraduate student at Exeter University , with the school of Health and Sports Science, and about to begin a study on overtraining. The main reason for the research is to raise awareness of what overtraining actually is, and to provide evidence based research on the effects this can have on people's lives - both short and long term.

I think many people have heard this term, but very few have the knowledge needed to really be able to identify the signs and symptoms, in themselves, others - and take preventive measures needed before the athlete experiences overtraining.

I'm looking for sports people that are undertaking regular training, of all ages (18+), all types of physical activity, and of all standards - novice to elite, to fill in a simple 'tick box' type questionnaire so that I might gather infomation relating to age, gender, and type of sport, that will enable me to see if some sports are more prevalent to this than others. Something which underpins the first part of my study.

 Many of you may be coaches as well as athletes yourselves, or planning to become a coach in future years after you have 'retired' from competition. This type of research is important for coaches, education and awareness in this area can allow an individual to be identified at the early stage onset of overtraining, and as we all know - Prevention is better than a cure!!!

So here is where I hope people will engage with what I'm trying to do, I have a questionnaire which I am looking to get as many people throughout the country to complete as possible.

The only requirements are that your over 18, you partake in regular training, and that you own a pen to tick some boxes with!! 

My Exeter University e-mail address is

I am happy to answer any questions, and will send a questionnaire to anyone that wishes to take part. I will even provide a means to get it back to me!

Thank you for reading this very long thread if you've made it this far!



  • Amanda - we have a well known coach in this forum - Coach Barlos. Hopefully he will get in touch with you to share his various experiences.
  • Thanks for that bit of info Trickstar!
  • Could be a problem though - I'm not sure he's allowed pens - aren't they a bit sharp?
  • Amanda - don't listen to Trickster, just look at his name! that wasn't a serious post - Coach Barlos is a misnomer for a pirate we all know and love but who isn't known for doing any training.
  • I was going to say Barlos and overtraining HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA
  • Like wise Pirates and overtraining.. Only in the bar
  • Amanda,

    have you thought about using survey monkey and hosting the questionnaire online?

  • Hi there

     It hasn't been possible to use survey monkey, or similar, this time as this questionnaire has been already passed and approved by the ethics board etc, also the online systems have certain restrictions that would hinder the way the questionnaire has been compiled, making analysis more time consuming.

    However I am able to e-mail as an attachment the questionnaire to people, it will open as a word document, where you can then fill it in, save your answers, and return it to me via e-mail.

    Thank you for your interest.


  • Thank you everyone thats been in touch so far!

    Please keep it coming! image

  • send me it I'll fill it in over the hols for u
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