Special Issue "Overtraining Prevention"

A special issue of Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology (ISSN 2411-5142). This special issue belongs to the section "Athletic Training and Human Performance".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Maria Francesca Piacentini Website E-Mail
University of Rome "Foro Italico"
Phone: (int + 39) 06-36733245
Interests: training monitoring; elite athletes; endurance athletes (open water swimmers, triathletes and runners) functional and non-functional overreaching; overtraining prevention

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Performance enhancement requires a delicate balance between training and recovery to avoid the negative consequences of training. Therefore, the optimization of training programs could benefit from information on an athlete’s subjective response to training, because coaches are not always aware of non-training related stress. This Special Issue aims to collect a series of original and review papers on the topic of functional/nonfunctional overreaching and overtraining syndrome prevention. After the publication of the ECSS/ACSM (Meeusen et al. 2006 and 2013) consensus statement, it has been easier to compare results from different research groups. However, there is still a lack of information regarding elite athletes, master athletes, and youth athletes competing at very high levels (i.e., youth Olympic games). In particular, master athletes have to fit training into already very busy schedules, and this balance might be even more delicate in such cases. Therefore, recovery strategies and training monitoring need to be optimized both for elite and master athletes.

Key paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Training monitoring for the prevention of nonfunctional overreaching;
  • Case studies on nonfunctional overreaching/overtraining syndrome;
  • Enhancement of recovery strategies to optimize performance.

Prof. Maria Francesca Piacentini
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Functional overreaching
  • Non functional overreaching
  • Training
  • Maladaptation
  • Monitoring
  • Training Load

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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