Gastro-Intestinal problems in Endurance Training and Competition?
By William Sichel
Itâ€™s well known that large numbers of athletes suffer some form of gastro-intestinal (GI) disturbance during endurance events. In some long events GI problems can affect over 50% of the competitors. While this article has been written mainly for the benefit competitors in Endurance Sports and Ultra-Distance Events, it may be useful to anyone undertaking extreme forms of physical training and competition. We will look at some of the common GI complaints faced by those involved in endurance training and competition, consider a series of easy to implement strategies to assess and control such problems and then ask how GI complaints arise and most importantly, look at what we can do to solve these issues and improve performance.
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