Effect of match time and location on sleep quality in professional soccer players

Inadequate recovery can substantially impact athletic performance and increase risk of illness or injury. Therefore, it’s no surprise that organizations invest plenty of time and money in technologies and facilities that are intended to enhance and speed up the recovery process. However, there remains considerable debate surrounding the efficacy of various recovery modalities. For example, …

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Effect of Sleep Quality and Training Load on Performance in Elite Gymnasts

With the development of practical sleep-monitoring devices, empirical evidence has steadily emerged from research that supports what coaches have known all along; sleep quality affects performance. Valuing sleep pays off in how athletes feel, how they train and how they perform. Therefore, coaches need to take a proactive role in addressing sleep quality with athletes …

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Reduced sleep quality preceding injury in a professional soccer player

Numerous studies have found links between sleep quality and or quantity and injury risk in athletes of various ages and levels. This has encouraged the development of novel sleep technologies and popularized the implementation of sleep-monitoring sports teams. However, one of the limitations of traditional research is the focus on mean data reporting from groups …

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Showering before bed improves sleep quality in youth athletes

For the unenlightened coach, sleep hygiene is a serious issue with today’s athletes. While sleep has always been regarded as a key part of the recovery process, only recently have young athletes been given access to the major distraction that is the smartphone device. How many athletes are actually attempting to go to sleep after …

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Impact of sleep extension on basketball performance

When coaches think of an intervention to enhance physical performance in their athletes, they would most often come up with some type of “sport-specific” workout regiment or various technical or tactical drills. Certainly, these types of interventions can absolutely result in meaningful performance improvements. However, there may be some more passive interventions that coaches can …

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Early morning workouts reduce sleep quantity and jump performance

Early morning workouts have become a staple for collegiate and professional athletes. The main reason why workouts are held so early (i.e., between 5:00 – 8:00 am) is because class schedules make it difficult for the team to train later in the day. In addition, afternoons are typically reserved for practices. Some coaches may even …

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Decrements in sleep quality during training camp

As coaches, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the scheduling and details of training camps. We’re challenged with packing in as much training as possible during a brief period of time due to time constraints from league rules and regulations. These training camps are great opportunities for not just performance and fitness based training …

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Lack of sleep and poor nutrition increase injury risk in elite adolescent athletes

There’s nothing more heart-breaking for a coach than witnessing a young athlete suffer an injury. Therefore, a proactive approach to mitigating injury risk is a top priority for parents and coaching staff. There are a variety of things that coaches can do to reduce injury risk among youth athletes. For example, programming thorough warm-ups, ensuring …

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Pre-bed protein ingestion increase size and strength

Growing up before the age of the internet meant that you had to get your training and nutrition information from books and magazines or from the veteran lifters and athletes that you’d meet at the gym. Unfortunately when it came to magazines and locker room advice, it was hard to know if the information was …

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Sleep habits of elite athletes

Various modalities exist that are used to enhance recovery and restoration from the physical stressors brought on by training and competition. Some common passive recovery techniques include cryotherapy, cold water immersion, contrast baths or showers, sauna, massage, compression garments, electromyostimulation, and so forth. Active recovery modalities can involve foam rolling, moderate to low intensity aerobic …

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