Relationships among sleep, athletic and match performance of soccer players



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Relationships among sleep, athletic and match performance of soccer players

Relationships between Sleep, Athletic and Match Performance, Training Load, and Injuries: A Systematic Review of Soccer Players, a very interesting article published on Healthcare magazine, makes a retrospective on some fundamental aspects of soccer players, which influence their performances on the field.

Here's what the research says: "The purpose of this systematic review was to summarize available evidence regarding the relationships between sleep and athletic and match performance, training load, and injuries in soccer players.

A systematic review of EBSCOhost (SPORTDiscus), PubMed, Cochrane Library, FECYT (Web of Sciences, CCC, DIIDW, KJD, MEDLINE, RSCI, and SCIELO) databases was performed according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyzes (PRISMA) guidelines.

Relationships among sleep, athletic and match performance of soccer players

A total of 297 titles were identified, of which 32 met the eligibility criteria. Results revealed that soccer players are no exception for sleep inadequacy.

Although there was inconsistency in the findings, some studies suggested that sleep restrictions in soccer negatively affected athletic and match performance while also increasing the number and severity of musculoskeletal injuries.

On the other hand, inconsistent results were found between sleep and athletic and match perfo rmance, and training load in soccer players. Physiological responses (and their intensity) during drill-based games were not influenced by changes in sleep.

The available evidence is inconsistent; however, it appears to suggest that poor sleep affects soccer players' performance and increases the risk of injury. However, it remains important to study this complex relationship further.

Sleep quantity and quality interact with performance and may expose players to increased risk of injury, although more research is required. Strategies for improving sleep quantity and quality should consider training and competition schedules, traveling means and schedules, and psychosocial responses associated with the matches.

School schedules and tests must be considered when coaching younger players. Sleep hygiene must be framed within a comprehensive set of strategies instead of relying on isolated data."