Effect of intensified training on cognitive function, psychological state & performance in trained cyclists

Eur J Sport Sci. 2022 Jul 20;1-11. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2022.2097130. Online ahead of print.


Two-weeks of intensified training significantly increased training volume, load and strain eliciting a state of overreaching in trained male cyclists.Intensified training caused deteriorations in physical performance but did not influence cognitive measures.Mood and recovery-stress balance were negatively affected by intensified training but recovered back to baseline following a two-week taper at a reduced training volume.A two-week taper period following two-weeks of intensified training did not result in improved physiological measures, physical performance parameters or mood above initial baseline values highlighting the need for careful consideration over the purpose, desired outcomes and necessity of intensified training on an individualised basis.

Keywords: Cognition; Endurance; Fatigue; Overtraining; Stress.