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Too Much Training Can Tax Athletes' Brains

Research finds that triathletes who train too hard can impair a brain area involved in achieving goals such as winning a race. Fatigued athletes choose immediate gratification over long-term rewards.
Triathletes who trained too much chose immediate gratification over long-term rewards, researchers found. Source: Markus Büsges

Too much physical exertion appears to make the brain tired.

That's the conclusion of a study of triathletes published Thursday in the journal Current Biology.

Researchers found that after several weeks of overtraining, athletes became more likely to choose immediate gratification over long-term rewards. At the same time, brain scans showed the athletes had decreased activity in an area of the brain involved in decision-making.

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