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Rev Med Liege. 2020 Jan;75(1):49-52.

[Recovery strategies in elite sport : focus on both quantity and quality of sleep].

[Article in French; Abstract available in French from the publisher]

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Laboratoire Sport, Expertise, Performance, Unité de la Recherche, Institut National du Sport, de l'Expertise et de la Performance (INSEP), Paris, France.

Abstract

in English, French

Elite athletes participate in multiple competitions and are exposed to important training load. There is a need to match the recovery process against such a number of competitions and important training load, with the aim of preventing overtraining and injury. Several recovery strategies exist. Some strategies such as hydration, diet, cold water immersion and sleep are effective in their ability to counteract the fatigue mechanisms. Elite athletes regularly display compromised sleep quantity and quality with sleep quality being most vulnerable prior to major competitive events, during periods of high-intensity training and following long-haul travel to competitions. Compromised sleep quantity and/or quality may be detrimental to the outcome of the recovery process after training and competition. Future studies should focus on the interest of sleep hygiene strategies to optimise recovery, performance and preventing injury.

KEYWORDS:

Fatigue ; Performance ; Sleep ; Sport; Injury

PMID:
31920044
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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