Overexertion is defined as straining or putting too much pressure on oneself. Competitive athletes push their bodies to the limit, consuming large amounts of vital nutrients as a normal part of metabolism during and after training and events.

Overexertion can manifest as fatigue, dehydration, longer recovery times, and injury. If after participating in physical activity you experience irritability, irregular breathing, dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, cramps, or joint pain then you may be suffering from overexertion.

CityDoc recommends that you avoid symptoms of overexertion by hydrating before and during exercise, staying cool, taking frequent breaks, cooling off with damp, cold, compresses, and stretching warm muscles.

Overexertion injuries can be a minor irritation or a major inconvenience. Injury happens because, in addition to putting undue stress on joints, muscles, the heart, and the lungs, overexertion makes us tired and more likely to make mistakes, use poor judgment, and have accidents.

I.V. therapy, a treatment offered by CityDoc, allows recreational and competitive athletes to get optimal concentrations of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants directly into the bloodstream for optimal recovery times.

Please be aware that overexertion can be dangerous, especially in hot weather. If you or a friend experience intractable headache, irrationality, profuse vomiting, lack of sweating, shallow breathing, or red, hot and dry skin, then the overexertion may be causing heat stroke and emergency medical treatment should be sought.

If you feel symptoms of overexertion, come into a local CityDoc Urgent Care Center. Learn more about Hydration Therapy.