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Kenya athletics coach warns athletes against fatigue, burnout

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Kenya national athletics team head coach Julius Kirwa has warned athletes to brace for a congested season when sporting competition returns in August.

However, Kirwa warned that there will be a likelihood of burnout unless runners opt to compete sparingly and avoid incurring long-term injuries through excessive fatigue.

“There will be a hunger for competition for most athletes to compensate for lost time and opportunities when the season starts. The lockdown has impacted on all and they are taking it hard. But it will be over soon and the sports competition will be back. But that has to be taken with caution as there will be too many events within a short time,” Kirwa said on Saturday in Nairobi.

The coach said Athletics Kenya (AK) will organize counseling sessions to offer advice to athletes prior to them venturing into action proper.

This, he said, will help them analyze their progression and choose the right events for their career development.

“With many events lumped together it will be important to give out advice on where to run and which races to skip. What is important is for the athletes to continue with their training while considering their health safety,” said Kirwa.

The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) said the coaches have the responsibility to encourage athletes to remain focused on their fitness and completion.

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