Training Tips for Athletes

If you're an athlete, these tips can help you stay healthy and on top of your game.

By Jenilee Matz, MPH, Staff Writer

Whether your goal is to gain a leg up on the competition or just achieve a personal best, you must be mindful of your training. Athletes are prone to injury and have special needs.

Am I an athlete?
An athlete is anyone who plays a sport. It can be a team sport like soccer or basketball, or an individual sport like running or golf.

Competitive athletes may have different goals than people who exercise to lose weight or to stay fit. Their goal may be to win, to stay in shape, or to simply have fun.

To excel in their sport, some athletes train longer and harder than their body can handle. This can lead to injuries or health threats like dehydration. Athletes must take special precautions to stay healthy during training and competition.

Training tips for athletes of all kinds
Always check with your doctor first before increasing your activity level. Try these tips to help you stay healthy and on top of your game: