As the weather becomes cooler and the cold and flu season peaks, it is important to look after yourself.
Australian Football players may be fit, but this does not provide protection against picking up bugs. In fact, athletes are often at a higher risk of developing colds and upper respiratory tract infections. It has been found that the combination of large volumes of training and extremely low body fat levels can increase the tendency to pick up a cold.
Moderate exercise is actually good for our immune system but Australian Football players with heavy training schedules can experience extra stress on all body systems, including the immune system. Colds and flu can have a negative effect on training and performance. The aim is to keep your immune system as strong as possible to help reduce the risk.