Metabolic fatigue – fatigue & soreness in the muscle cell. Exercise has outstripped the rate of ATP replacement. Results from heavy strength/ endurance training, look at adjusting training volume & load.
Neurological fatigue – more about the brain & pathways. Lack of spark, difficulties with learning & dealing with complex tasks, learning new lifts etc. Adjust training intensity accordingly & teach in smaller chunks.
Hormonal fatigue- increased cortisol, reduced testosterone, reduced immune system, often related to too much volume & intensity.
Psychological- anxiety, low confidence, high stress, often related to lifestyle factors- look at sleep, nutrition & the implementation of wellbeing strategies.
Coaches, notice your Athlete’s fatigue patterns & take action to make adjustments to training sooner before performance suffers. Unfortunately, this is all to common pre-event as athletes feel under pressure & do more to compensate.
Work, lifestyle & personal circumstances outside them gym will impact on performance & will effect your athletes at some point. Developing your understanding will enable you raise their awareness so they can get back on track sooner.