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Sleep in elite multi-sport athletes: implications for athlete health and wellbeing

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dc.contributor.author Biggins, Michelle
dc.contributor.author Purtill, Helen
dc.contributor.author Fowler, Peter
dc.contributor.author Bender, Amy
dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, Kieran
dc.contributor.author Samuels, Charles
dc.contributor.author Cahalan, Róisin Máire
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-24T15:16:08Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.issn 1466-853X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/8066
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Objectives: To investigate the prevalence of clinically relevant sleep problems in elite multi-sport athletes and their associations with sleep hygiene, general health, mood, chronotype, and injury. Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: During the competitive season in athletes’ home environment. Participants: Elite multi-sport Irish athletes (n=58) competing at the 2017 World University Games. Main Outcome Measures: Category of clinical sleep problem (Athlete-Sleep-Screening- Questionnaire), sleep hygiene (Sleep Hygiene Index), general health (Subjective Health Complaints), mood (Sports Profile of Mood States), chronotype (Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire), and injury (self-reported injury). Results: 43% had no clinical sleep problem, 41% had a mild clinical sleep problem, 16% had a moderate clinical sleep problem, none had a severe clinical sleep problem. Therefore, 84% of athletes did not have a clinically significant sleep problem while 16% had a clinically significant sleep problem. One-way-ANOVA revealed significantly worse sleep hygiene (p=0.002), more general health complaints (p=0.001) and greater mood disturbance (p=0.001) among those with clinically significant sleep disturbances compared to those without. No association was found between having a clinically significant sleep problem and either chronotype or previous recent injury. Conclusions: Athletes with a clinically significant sleep problem were more likely to report worse sleep hygiene, more general health complaints, and mood disturbance. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Physical Therapy in Sport;39, pp. 136-142
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.07.006
dc.rights This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Physical Therapy in Sport. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Physical Therapy in Sport, 2019, 39, pp. 136-142, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.07.006 en_US
dc.subject chronotype en_US
dc.subject injury en_US
dc.subject mood en_US
dc.subject sleep disturbances en_US
dc.subject sleep hygiene en_US
dc.title Sleep in elite multi-sport athletes: implications for athlete health and wellbeing en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2019-09-24T15:09:21Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.07.006
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2020-07-23
dc.embargo.terms 2020-07-23 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2922504
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Physical Therapy In Sport
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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