Detraining (Reversibility)

Athletes and exercisers worry that their performance or fitness levels will diminish if they cannot train because of injury, illness, travel, or other circumstances. Although there is some truth in the “Use It or Lose It” warning often given by doctors, therapists, trainers, and coaches, the process of becoming detrained, or deconditioned, is not that simple.

Detraining is a reduction or complete loss of fitness as a result of not training. What happens during a period of detraining depends on the physical condition of ...

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