Injury Prevention Tips*

Iron Deficiency and Overtraining

Awareness has slowly, steadily been growing since ~2000 of the role iron (ferritin) plays in distance running. Still, it is very poorly understood and an often overlooked cause of a variety of problems, even by coaches that are well aware of its importance. As such, I have made available two resources below.

The "Iron / Ferritin Levels" document is compilation of sources, combined into a concise, straight forward presentation of the key facts in monitoring and supplementing iron levels. It has been shared with coaches of teams ranging all the way from middle school to Pac-10.

The "overtraining" document is something I worked on several years ago, linking overtraining and iron depletion, then set aside. It has the potential to be fairly ground breaking, IMO, but I never quite decided where to go with it and researching it any further looked to be quite daunting. Hopefully, the questions raised will get the gears turning for someone else.

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