Differences In Sleep Quality In Competitive Youth Athletes During And After The Competitive Season

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Heather Nicole Oakley (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/
Scott Collier

Abstract: Purpose: Our study investigated the differences in sleep architecture and health in and out of a competitive season in tumbling and trampoline and diving. Methods: Nine competitive youth athletes between the ages of 12 and 16 who compete for the tumbling and trampoline or diving team and who train for an average of 10 hours a week, were recruited for this study. Sleep data was collected for 3 consecutive nights during competition and for 3 consecutive nights during post season. Data were analyzed using the Sleep ProfilerTM scoring software. All data are expressed as Mean ± SEM. Results: Mean nocturnal pulse was statistically higher during in season versus post season (p = 0.049; 66.8 ± 9.6 bpm in season versus 61.7 ± 6.3 bpm post season). Sleep efficiency, wake after sleep onset (WASO), and spindle duration were similar during in season and post season. Sleep latency, rapid eye movement (REM), and non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep have a strong correlation. Conclusion: These data demonstrate a significant decline in mean heart rate when an athlete moves from competition season to the non-competitive season. These data show that gymnastic training in addition to competition may lead to unwanted cardiovascular changes.

Additional Information

Oakley, H. (2019). Differences In Sleep Quality In Competitive Youth Athletes During And After The Competitive Season. Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2019
Sleep, Youth Athletes, Competitive Season, Sleep Quality

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