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Discontinuance of training at the end of a sports season or the conclusion of an athletic career can have unfortunate results. Commonly, there is a tendency toward overweight with its greater incidence of degenerative disease. This is because the appetite remains hearty although the energy expenditure is greatly reduced. There is a common belief in athletic circles that the athlete should "taper off" at the end of a season, but we know of no physiological reason for such a procedure. Rather, he should maintain reasonable and regular exercise and bring his food intake into balance with his activity output.
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