During periods of intense training or immediately following endurance race events, many athletes find that they are susceptible to minor respiratory illness, such as colds and sore throats. While moderate training seems to boost your immune system, prolonged periods of intense training appears to depress immune cell functions. There may be a certain window of decreased protection after these intense sessions, this means that you can be at more risk of viruses and bacteria which may develop an infection. It is thought that the increased levels of stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol can inhibit the immune system (hindering its ability to protect you). But other simple stresses such lack of sleep, poor nutrition or perceived stress can depress immunity.
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