During their training programme, professional athletes often test their physical boundaries. However, if they do not take sufficient time to recover in between training sessions, they will become overtrained.
Researchers at Wageningen UR are trying to find ways to spot early signs of overtraining. This involves studying blood samples for mineral, vitamin and inflammatory substance levels to determine these boundaries. The exact time at which blood levels are measured seems to be important as well.
Based on the outcome, for instance, athletes and cyclists could adjust their training workload or diet for continued high performance. Yet another way Wageningen UR is working on the quality of life.