Working with young teen athletes, one of the common complaints I hear from girls is that they are “overtrained”. Actually, I hear it from their parents, who are complaining that Suzy has tendinitis, tennis elbow, and jock itch for all I know. Half the stuff I’m hearing could be a made up ailment.
My question is: I’m trying to increase their conditioning base, but they struggle to fight through the discomfort, and seem to be using every owwie as an excuse to not do it. How do you know when to back off? When there is a real injury, and not some coddled kid who doesn’t know how to train through discomfort?