Insufficient sleep in young athletes? Causes, consequences, and potential treatments

Fox, Jordan L., Scanlan, Aaron T., Stanton, Robert, and Sargent, Charli (2020) Insufficient sleep in young athletes? Causes, consequences, and potential treatments. Sports Medicine, 50 (3). pp. 461-470.

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Sleep is essential in the preparation for, and the recovery from, training and competition. Despite being important for all individuals, young athletes are considered an at-risk group for reduced sleep duration and quality. The purpose of this review is to synthesise current literature relating to sleep duration and quality in young (14–25 years) athletes. Specifically, typical sleep and wake patterns, factors affecting sleep and wake patterns, and the consequences of altered sleep and wake patterns in young athletes are discussed. Scheduling training and competition in the afternoon or evening appears to result in reduced sleep duration due to less time in bed. Evidence suggests that young athletes who obtain less than 8 h of sleep per night are at a higher risk of musculoskeletal injury. An increase in sleep duration above habitual nightly sleep may be associated with favourable performance in young athletes; however, the associations between sleep quality and performance- and health-related outcomes remain unclear.

Item ID: 62124
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1179-2035
Copyright Information: © 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
Funders: Australian Government (AG), Commonwealth Government of Australia
Projects and Grants: Commonwealth Government’s Research Training Program
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 00:44
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 50%
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