Chronic lack of sleep is associated with increased sports injuries in adolescent athletes
May 25, 2016
Much attention has been given to the relationship between various training factors and athletic injuries, but no study has examined the impact of sleep deprivation on injury rates in young athletes.
It appears that sleeping less than 8 hours significantly increases the rate of being injured.
The risk is also related to the grade of education - higher risk with higher grade.
Encouraging young athletes to get optimal amounts of sleep - around 9 hours - may help protect them against athletic injuries.
Source : Milewski, M., Skaggs, D., Bishop, G., Pace, J., Ibrahim, D., Wren, T., & Barzdukas, A. (2014). Chronic lack of sleep is associated with increased sports injuries in adolescent athletes. Journal of pediatric orthopedics., 34(2), 129–33. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25028798