Athletes are forever looking for that special something to give them a competitive edge. At some point, however, longer, more frequent or more intense workouts in a single sport will lead to injury or burnout.
"The most common reason for injury in recreational athletes is overtraining: too many miles, too quickly," says Justin Carson, a lead physical therapist at Jackson County Physical Therapy in Medford and a triathlete, himself.
"If you do one sport exclusively, you will overdevelop certain muscle groups at the expense of others. Cross training will keep you more in balance," Carson adds.