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Central Nervous System Fatigue

There’s a danger lurking out there for athletes.  It’s not life threatening, but it can negatively impact your training and performance in a pretty serious way and compromise any hopes you have of achieving your goals in a given season.  It’s something you’d rather avoid if you can.  We’re talking about central nervous system fatigue, a very real concern for athletes engaged in high-load training.

Unfortunately, there are no bright flashing lights on the side of the road that warn you that this particular danger lies ahead.  The signs of approaching nervous system fatigue are much subtler and easier to miss.  You can be training away happily one day and end up feeling totally flat the next, like you’ve completely forgotten how to paddle.  So, let’s take a look at central nervous system fatigue and how we can avoid it.

The role of the central nervous system

The human body’s central nervous system controls everything that we do.  For our intents and purposes as athletes, it consists of the brain and extensive networks of sensory and motor neurons.

Sensory neurons collect and transmit information about everything we’re exposed to – our body’s position, the load being placed on our muscles, our balance, forces our body is being subjected to, etc.  Imagine paddling in a rough ocean.  Our sensory nerves are continuously gathering information about the water, what’s going on with the board under our feet, our connection with the water, and our stability and transmitting this information to our brain.

Our brain collects all this information and processes it, like the CPU in a computer, and determines the appropriate response to all the sensory information it has received.  It then transmits that response via motor neurons to all the muscles involved in executing that response.  The response is usually a complex, multifaceted one that involves things like stabilizing muscles contracting to keep balance, the muscles we use in paddling contracting to propel ourselves forward and the muscles we use to steer our board contracting to get us to the next wave.  All of this is happening in an instant, allowing us to react almost reflexively to the environment around us.

Stop for a minute and think about how complex a movement paddling is, even in flat water.  It requires the ability to find load on the paddle and feel connection, maintain load through the stroke and then unload immediately upon completion of the loading, accelerating our board forward off the exit as we do so.  We want to use big muscles preferentially over smaller muscles in a precise sequence throughout the stroke.  We want to engage our body weight, feeling the blade support it as we load the paddle.  There is definitely a lot going on in each stroke, and our nervous system controls all of it.

Now, imagine how much more complex things get when we move from the relatively stable environment of flat water to the dynamic environment of big water, where things are constantly changing around us.  Our brain is processing tremendous amounts of information every second, and all that information is being transmitted via sensory nerves to the brain and motor nerves away from the brain to the muscles. Our nervous system does an astronomical amount of work without us ever realizing it.

In addition to all of this, our nervous system doesn’t just control movement patterns and sequences of movements, it also determines how forceful these movements are.  Consider paddling easy with good technique over 200m.  While your nervous system is working hard to control your movement, it isn’t asking a high percentage of the available muscles fibers in each of the paddling muscles to be involved.  Because you are going easy, only a small percentage of the muscle fibers available in the paddling muscles are required.

Now, consider paddling over the same 200m stretch of water but sprinting all out.  In this instance, because you are going as hard as you can go, your nervous system recruits a maximal number of muscle fibers available in each of the muscles involved in the stroke.  Because there are so many more fibers involved, the stroke is much more powerful.  It is also faster, and again, that is the doing of the nervous system as well.  It is responsible for everything happening at a much faster rate.

Short-term nervous system fatigue

Unfortunately, our nervous system can fatigue as it does all this work.  The easiest way to experience nervous system fatigue is to work really hard at learning a new movement or changing a pattern of movement for a few hours without taking any rest.

I like to share the story of learning to snowboard.  I remember starting on the bunny hill and falling almost constantly for the first 45 minutes or so as my nervous system tried to make sense of this new activity I was doing.  After about 45 minutes I suddenly stopped falling.  My nervous system had figured out how to get me down the hill without falling.  By no means was I snowboarding well; in fact, I was scrubbing snow off the hill every time I tried to turn, but I wasn’t falling.

Just before lunch, about 2 ½ hours after I had started, I had another breakthrough.  I was actually beginning to carve turns.  Now I was actually snowboarding!  My nervous system had figured out the next step and had my body consistently doing what it needed to do to carve proper turns, albeit on the very gentle bunny hill.  Lunch came and I went inside to eat, but I hurried through lunch so I could get back out on the hill and continue learning.

After lunch I continued to get better and more confident…for about 90 minutes.  Then I slowly started to find things getting more difficult again.  I found it more difficult to carve turns and started scrubbing my way through them again.  Soon I started falling again.  All of a sudden it was like I had forgotten everything that had allowed me to make the progress I’d made.  At the end of the day I was pretty much back where I had started from in the first run of the morning.

What caused this sudden decline in my ability to perform a new skill that I had just learned?  Fatigue.  Sure, my muscles were tired from using them in a way I wasn’t used to, but more than that, it was my nervous system that was tired from working incredibly hard to learn an entirely new skill.

Think about it.  Most things we regularly do, we do on autopilot.  Our nervous system doesn’t have to work really hard while we’re doing things we’re used to or performing skills we’re accomplished at.  The movement patterns are already set.  However, when we’re learning an entirely new skill or modifying technique by rewiring the movement patterns involved in a familiar skill, our nervous system is forced to work much harder. There is only so much that it can take before it gets fatigued, and when it does the inevitable consequences of that fatigue are, among other things, a feeling of loss of fine motor control, less precise movements, reduced proprioception, and a lack of strength.

This type of acute, short-term, nervous system fatigue is the result of a relatively short period of really intense work that it is asked to perform.  Once fatigued, all the communication back and forth along the neural networks becomes garbled.  Information isn’t transmitted as clearly or as rapidly, impacting our ability to perform physical skills – even those we’ve mastered.  Fortunately, if we go home, get some good nutrition and a good night’s rest, our nervous system feels completely restored to full capacity and ready to go the next day.  But what happens if it doesn’t get enough time to fully recover between sessions?

Cumulative nervous system fatigue

Unfortunately, if we heavily tax our nervous system day after day and it doesn’t get a chance to completely recover between sessions, there’s going to be cumulative fatigue that builds up.  I’m not a neuroscientist.  I don’t know the mechanisms through which this fatigue occurs or the mechanism of recovery.  I’m an athlete and a coach that has experienced both short-term and cumulative fatigue.  What I can tell you is that cumulative fatigue is real, and it is something you want to avoid.  Eventually, if the nervous system is over-stressed long enough, the cumulative, chronic, fatigue that results leaves you feeling much like you do when you experience acute, short-term nervous system fatigue.  Except this fatigue doesn’t go away with a nutritious dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Google “nervous system fatigue” and you’ll see a list of symptoms like:

Inability to perform “easy” tasks
Decline in performance
Decline in strength
Loss of motivation
Poor sleep and appetite
Mood changes
Lack of energy
Mental fog
Head aches
Aches and pains

These symptoms can be devastating to an athlete that is preparing for an event as they don’t go away overnight.  Once fatigued, the nervous system needs time to recover.  Depending on the individual and the amount of fatigue involved, we could be talking weeks or months. This long recovery time can totally derail an athlete’s season.  It’s hard to train effectively and prepare to race if the prescription is time off to allow the nervous system to recover.

Case study 1

In preparation for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul I had a great off-season and arrived at the 1988 spring training camp inFlorida in the best shape of my life.  Work on the water went exceedingly well right from the beginning and in the major early season regattas in Europe I was fast, reaching the podium at every stop.  When we returned from Europe to Canada in July, my training continued to be excellent and I was consistently setting personal bests on the river.

In late August we raced at the National Championships in Dartmouth, NS.  There, I won the C1 1000m final easily with a time of 4:12.  Now, that is not a very fast time in normal conditions, but unpushed, in a crazy headwind, it was world class and possibly the best 1000m performance I had ever had.

We came home from Dartmouth with 5 weeks to go to the Olympic final on October 1st, later in the year than we had ever raced before in order to avoid the Korean rainy season.  The plan was to do one last hard 2-week block of training and then begin the taper for the Olympics.   Almost immediately, I began to feel a little flat in training.  Monday’s work was a little off and Tuesday’s wasn’t much better.  Wednesday, I felt really sluggish but, knowing I had Wednesday afternoon off, pushed through the work anyway.  By the end of the week I felt exhausted and far more tired than normal.  However, discussing this with the coaches, we all agreed this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.  I had Saturday afternoon and all-day Sunday off to recover, and feeling this down meant that the rebound I could expect from peaking phase that we were about to enter would probably be huge – a really welcome thing heading into the biggest race of the four-year cycle.

Sadly, Monday was even worse.  It felt like there’d been zero recovery from the previous week despite the day-and-a-half off.  By Tuesday, I was so bad in training and disgusted with my performance that I quit the workout early and ended up jumping out of my canoe 500m from the dock and swimming to shore.  I felt like I’d completely forgotten how to paddle and was so frustrated I couldn’t face taking another stroke.  It was only then that we realized that I was in trouble and had crossed the line between the optimal amount of work and too much.  With all the hard, high-level training over the last few months and lots of amazing racing, I’d overloaded my nervous system beyond its ability to recover.  Now suddenly, just 3 ½ weeks away from one of the most important races of my career, I was suddenly left trying to salvage some remnants of good form rather than going into the event optimally prepared.

Can you imagine what it is like to know that you’re heading into your most important event with your best paddling of the year very likely behind you?  It’s frustrating and gnaws at your confidence.  You want to train and get sharper, but you can’t really do that because a) you’re too tired to and just can’t put high-quality efforts together and b) what you really need is rest to allow your nervous system to recover.  Doing more high-quality work in that state only compounds the problem.

Somehow, I found some balance between rest and time in the boat and got to Seoul feeling a little better than I had felt at home.  However, in my C1 500m semi-final I felt like I had no speed and came 4th, missing the final.  In the C1 1000m event, which had been my better distance all season, I managed to make the final and, despite feeling “heavy”, was able to fight hard enough to finish 4th in a big headwind where the winning time was, you guessed it, 4:12.

Now, I’m not saying that because I did the same time, unpushed, in similar conditions 5 weeks earlier that I could have won in Seoul had I not suffered this nervous system fatigue.  The Soviet paddler who won was awesome and incredibly strong.  However, I do believe it cost me a place on the podium, as I was so close to it while racing with form that was far from optimal.

The lesson here is that sometimes you have to recognize how good you’re going and that you’re not going to get much better in the time provided by working harder.  There are times when it is better to say, “we’re good”, and just nurture what you have rather than keep pushing in hopes of finding just a bit more speed.  The reality is, that last little bit of speed is really hard to find and when you’re already going that well, that close to a race, it makes sense to back off just a bit and consolidate what you have so you’ll be able to have it on race day.  Unless you’re planning on retiring after the race, you can always go back to pushing for more speed after the event.

Though this was a crushing disappointment, I’m philosophical about it.  I don’t blame my coaches or myself.  The mistake we made was born of the best intentions.  Everything I had done to that point of my career was the result of hard work, and a willingness to work harder than others.  It’s hard to suddenly turn your back on that approach and “take it easy” for 5 weeks heading into a race that means more to you than anything you’ve done before.  All I could do is learn from the experience.  The 1989 season was similar in that things went incredibly well all year, with training full of personal bests and things I had never done before.  Heading into the World Championships, I backed off in training a little earlier than I might normally have done and nurtured the speed I had developed.  I ended up finishing 2ndthat year in the C1 1000m final, right on the heels of the Soviet who had won in Seoul

Case study 2

In 2015, I was a coach on the Canadian National Team, working with another coach and his two athletes, both Olympic medalists in London in 2012 – one in kayak and one in canoe.  Though I didn’t write the training programs, I had lots of input.

Both paddlers were in their thirties and had achieved great success in their careers already, largely due to their work ethic and willingness to whatever work was required to get to the top.  With the amount of experience they had, I placed great value in their ability to assess their physical state and the training load they could handle.

Looking back now, I am convinced that one of them began to flirt with overtraining in the Florida training camp.  He’d go out and do long, high intensity workouts with the world’s fastest training group – a collection of superstars and legends from a variety of different national teams who had descended upon Florida to train for a month.  These weren’t sessions he hadn’t done before.  In fact, before his first and second Olympics he’d done this type of work and been like the energizer bunny, running everyone else into the ground while doing it.  But now, preparing for what would be his 4th Olympics in 2016, he was older with a lot of miles behind him.  His ability to recover between these sessions had changed, like mine had as I approached age thirty.  Sadly, none of us recognized what was happening until it was too late and he hit the wall.  In my opinion, he was never as fast through the rest of the season as he was in March.

He had a rough go of it at the selection regatta at the end of April and throughout the World Cup events in Europe in May and June.  When it became apparent to me what was happening, I suggested he back off and take a few weeks easy or entirely off training in an attempt to salvage his season, but he wouldn’t hear of it.  He’d experienced the great successes he’d had in his career by doing hard work and lots of it.  His approach was to try to work his way out of his funk, which just made things worse.  By the World Championships in August, which was the Olympic qualifier, he’d opted out of racing singles and decided to help qualify the fours. He didn’t even race his specialty.

The other paddler had a solid training camp and European tour.  He appeared to be building nicely towards his most important competition of the year.  At some point in July we were back home, training on the river and he was a little tired.  However, there was no reason to believe he was on the threshold of over-training.

I can put my finger on the exact workout that seemed to causethe wheels to fall off.  It was a Saturday and he’d had a really hard week.  He was feeling a little tired but there was a hard workout on the program that day but he wanted to do it.  We wanted him to do it as well, believing that being a “little tired” after a week like the one he’d just had was nothing unusual and knowing that he’d have a day and a half off after completing the workout to recover.

The work he did that day was really high quality.  He started off looking a little tired but then really bore down and found his rhythm.  In the motorboat beside him, we really got into it, coaxing great effort after great effort out of him.  It was world class.  He got off the water tired but satisfied, looking forward to a day off and then getting back at it on Monday.  He was never the same again that season.

That one workout seemed to push him over the edge.  It was 25 minutes of really hard pulling, very high intensity work.  In the state he was in, and with the level of cumulative fatigue he must have had when he started the workout, it simply pushed his nervous system to a point from which it couldn’t recoverwithout taking time off.

In both cases, experienced athletes felt they were up to the workin front of them and never imagined they were flirting with disaster until it was too late, and a coach, who had experienced the same thing himself 27 years earlier, was unable to recognize the danger looming ahead for each of them until it was too lateas well.  This is how easily the line can be crossed.

Avoiding cumulative nervous system fatigue

Clearly, it can be pretty hard to recognize that you are close to a dangerous level of nervous system fatigue until you’re actually in trouble with it.  In my opinion, if you train seriously, over a number of years, nervous system fatigue is an issue you’ll have to deal with at some point.  This is especially true as you age.  I believe older athletes are more prone to nervous system fatigue for a couple of reasons.

First, you don’t recover from sessions that place a high load on the nervous system as quickly at age 30 as you do at age 20.  This was clearly evident in the athletes I coached in case study 2.  Similarly, I would assume that 40-year-olds don’t recover as quickly as 30-year-olds and 50-year-olds don’t recover as quickly as 40-year-olds.  If you’re an aging athlete that still pulls hard, lifts heavy, or does lots of high-volume work, you need to make allowance for your age in terms of recovery.  Work you do at 50 will affect you differently than it did at 40 and your body’s ability to recover from hard work declines with age.

Second, more experienced athletes, generally speaking, know how to push themselves harder than less experienced athletes.  It we consider that experience often comes with age, it’s more likely that an older, more experienced athlete will know how to push harder and dig deeper than a younger, less experienced athlete.  The old athlete may be slower, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t actually pushing harder relative to their maximum than a younger athlete.  Remember, it is maximal efforts that place the greatest demands on one’s nervous system.  So, if older athletes can push relatively harder and do so on a regular basis, they are more likely to be taxing their nervous systems more heavily.

Whatever your age or experience level, there are a number of things you can do to reduce the chance of ever having to deal with a severe case of nervous system fatigue that negatively affects performance or requires you to step away from training for a significant amount of time to recover.

Periodize your training:  A properly periodized training program greatly reduces the risk of over-training by periodically changing the training stimuli.  Changing the training stimuli ensures that the body is never facing the same stressors for too long a period of time.  Changing the stimuli often results in the nervous system being called upon in a different way or to a different degree, giving it some respite before it becomes too overworked from doing the same thing over and over again.
Build recovery weeks into your training plan and respect them:  The single most effective thing you can do to prevent over-training of any type is building regular recovery weeks of considerably reduced training load into your training plan.  For most SUP athletes I would recommend every 3rd week of training be a recovery week in most cases.  These weeks, in which load is reduced by as much as 50% or more, allow muscles, connective tissue and the nervous system a chance to recover before being subjected to more, and often increased, load.  This recovery period not only reduces the risk of injury and illness, but also of over-loading the central nervous system.  It can help prevent nervous system fatigue while at the same time ensuring that the next cycle of high load work is started with a fresh body and mind, something that leads to the work being done with higher quality which ultimately leads to greater improvement.
Take a rest day every week:  Rest can be as valuable as work.  Almost every world-class athlete takes a rest day a week.  It allows for recovery of muscles, connective tissue and the nervous system and consolidation of gains made in the week you’ve just completed.  It is also an investment towards quality training in the week ahead.  While you might be capable of training seven days a week for a brief period, high quality training at that rate is not sustainable indefinitely.
Don’t pull hard every day:  Ideally, there should only be a maximum of 3 really high load sessions a week, which are well spread out from each other.  You can’t pull hard, lift heavy or do high volume work every day sustainably without something giving.  All too often what ends up giving will be your nervous system.  The week’s other workouts should be much lighter load, either shorter or less intense, and you need to be disciplined enough to not pull harder or do more in these sessions, even when you feel capable of doing so.
Remember it is not just intensity that causes fatigue, it’s load:  While high intensity work places greater demand on the nervous system in the moment, lower intensity work done at very high-volume has a huge impact on the nervous system over time.  Training load is a function of both intensity and volume and it is the load that you need to consider when balancing your program in an attempt to provide your nervous system adequate recovery.
Take recovery between sessions seriously:  Taking recovery between training sessions seriously means getting superior nutrition, lots of sleep and doing little, but important, things like stretching, rolling, icing, getting massage or physiotherapy, etc. as required.  Attention to detail in this area ensures that your next workout will be better and helps blunt the effects of cumulative fatigue that can build from workout to workout.
Listen to your body. Recognize the difference between feeling tired and exhaustion:  Nobody has ever succeeded in sport without getting tired in training.  It’s absolutely necessary and actually healthy.  It’s also entirely different than feeling exhausted.  Being tired from training usually disappears a few hours later.  Certainly, that type of fatigue is usually gone by the next workout.  Exhaustion is more likely to linger.  If you feel almost as tired the next morning as you did after finishing the workout the day before, you probably should consider taking the day a little easier than planned or off altogether.  If you feel this way for two consecutive days in a row, err on the side of caution and change your training plan.  Take the day off, take a day of active rest, or just do something very short and easy.  If you feel this way for three consecutive days in a row and try to work through it, you’re inviting disaster. Expect to end up taking much more time off than you plan as you recover from some level of cumulative nervous system fatigue.
Remember how old you are:  You don’t recover as quickly as you used to as you age.  Respect this fact and don’t try to fight it, you can’t win.
Be prepared to change your plan when necessary:  Having a well-thought-out training plan is one thing.  Being a slave to it is another.  There is nothing to be ashamed of in changing the training plan to provide a bit more rest or recovery after a hard session or hard week.  It’s not a sign of weakness but rather a sign of maturity and intelligence as an athlete.  Sometimes it is better to save things for another day.  In the long-term, missing a session because you need a bit of extra rest has no negative effect.  In fact, it might actually have a real positive effect.  Besides perhaps preventing overloading of the nervous system, it can help ensure that the next workout you do is higher quality than it might otherwise be.  Remember, it is the high-quality workouts we do that provide the greatest stimulus that generates improvement.
Don’t get greedy.  Know when to say “we’re good”:  At some point before a big event that you’re preparing for, you’re likely to feel like you’re exactly where you want to be.  Your times will be great, the paces you’re able to sustain will be fast and you may be putting up personal bests in training.  Ask yourself, how much faster, realistically, can you get in the last couple of weeks of preparation?  Sometimes it is better to take your foot off the gas and nurture what you have rather than keep pushing in an attempt for more.  This is where I got into trouble in my experience with cumulative nervous system fatigue.  The reality is, when you get close to a race there is very little you can do to get faster by working harder.  You’re actually more likely to hurt your performance by doing too much than help it by doing more.  Often, you’re better to just ease off a little and try to maintain and consolidate what you have rather than keep pushing harder.  There’s lots of time to push harder again after your race.
Take your life beyond training into account:  While mental and emotional stress tax your nervous system in different ways than training does, they can impact its ability to recover from the stresses training places upon it.  If you’re in the middle of a really hard stretch of training and dealing with a lot of other things in life, recognize that you probably need more recovery for your nervous system than usual. Consider dialing back the training load a bit to allow your nervous system a chance to recover between sessions as it should.
Look for clues:  All of the literature cites things like irritability, change in sleep patterns, and change in appetite as precursors to more serious physical manifestations of nervous system fatigue.  I can’t remember experiencing any of these things before I hit the wall, but it was a long time ago and I am not saying these clues weren’t there, I just didn’t recognize them.  If you see a pattern of these things developing, consider the possibility that nervous system fatigue may be building and exercise real caution in your training.

Recovering from Cumulative Nervous System Fatigue

Once you realize that you’re not recovering between training sessions and are struggling to do things in training that you normally do easily, it’s too late to prevent nervous system fatigue.  You’re already dealing with it to some degree.

The best approach to dealing with it is to step away from your training plan and rest.  Continuing to train at the level which led to the fatigue you’re experiencing is only going to make things worse.  I’d suggest switching your training to a phase of active rest, doing activities you don’t normally do at low to moderate intensity.  If the intensity of the activity you choose is a little higher, keep the duration of the activity under an hour.  If the intensity is lower, like it might be on a hike, for example, you can do the activity a little longer.  The point is, if you’re engaging in active rest you don’t want to be doing things that require your nervous system to work hard mastering new skills or recruit large amounts of muscle fibers over and over again for significant periods of time.

Depending on the degree of the fatigue you’re dealing with, you may recover fairly quickly or it could take longer.  Expect to take at least a week away from your normal routine.  However, if you’ve really worked yourself into a hole, it could take much longer to both recover to the point where you feel like yourself again when doing your sport and have the resiliency to engage in a full load training again.

If you end up dealing with cumulative nervous system fatigue you’re going to be pretty much on your own dealing with it.  Going to your GP likely isn’t going to help much.  While there may be a few markers that show up in blood work that hint at over-training, you’re going to present as one of the healthiest patients your GP is going to see.  He/she isn’t going to be able to run a simple test and diagnose your problem.  Instead, it’s going to be up to you to assess how you’re feeling and reflect on what you’ve done in your training that may have led to you feeling the way you do.  There’s no medication you can take or treatment you can get that is going to return you instantly back to normal.  You’re going to have to take some time to let your nervous system recover and then carefully test things out – how you feel and how you recover – as you return back to training.

Listen to your body as you return to training.  Don’t work too hard at first and really focus on your recovery between sessions. Gradually increase the training load, both in terms of intensity and volume, only if you feel you are able to recover properly between sessions.  Don’t expect to return to training and pick right up where you left off before the wheels fell off.  It’s going to take time to get back to where you were and for you to have the confidence that you’re indeed resilient enough to re-engage, sustainably, in high-load training.  Once you’re fully back to normal, it is imperative that you approach your training more mindful of the nervous system, the demands you’re placing on it, your recovery, and your fatigue levels than you were before so you don’t make the same mistakes in your training again.

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