Overtraining comes in several forms.
Yes, under-recovery is part of it. This is when you don't get enough rest between exercise sessions for your body to fully heal itself and rebuild energy reserves. Often, people in this category feel exhausted after exercise instead of energized from the release of endorphins.
Then there is over-exertion from overtraining. When this happens, often people will develop repetitive stress injuries usually in the joints or connective tissues. Sore tendons in the shoulders, hips and knees are frequently reported culprits from overtraining. For runner's who bump up their distance too quickly, shin-splits are often reported along with sciatica in the back and legs.
Remember their is a big difference between sore and injured. If you are injured, seek medical attention to prevent further damage to the affected area and practice RICE.
Also, a proper warm up and stretching routine will prevent many of these type injuries. Many men think stretching is a waste of time or they simply don't do it because they think they don't have time to fit it into their workout schedule. If it were professional athletes wouldn't do it.
I hope this helps. Good luck!
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