The Importance of Sleep for Athletic Performance
  • The Importance of Sleep for Athletic Performance
    This infographic provides a checklist of nine tactics to help athletes enhance their sleep.

  • Infographic-Sleep for Athletic Performance

    Ensuring that athletes function optimally throughout training is an important focus for the strength and conditioning coach. Sleep is an influential factor that affects the quality of training, given its implications on the recovery process. Intense training may predispose athletes to risk factors surrounding disturbed sleep patterns. These may be due to inherent physical exertion, commitment to extensive training schedules, the effects of travel, and the pressures that competition evokes. Educating athletes on the implications of sleep should be implemented by strength and conditioning coaches to optimize athlete recovery, promote consistent sleep routines, and improve sleep length. 

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    About the Author:

    Yann Le Meur, PhD

    Yann Le Meur is a French sport scientist with research interests in performance analysis, training methodology, prevention of overreaching, and recovery. He worked with several French Olympic teams in the Beijing (2008), London (2012), and Rio de Janeiro (2016) Olympic Games in both individual and team sports. Le Meur leads the scientific support at Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club. He is also a renowned blogger, publishing infographics to highlight practically relevant scientific research for coaches and athletes. You can follow his work at, on social media (@YLMSportScience), and discover his first book at

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