The Importance of Sleep for Athletic Performance
  • The Importance of Sleep for Athletic Performance
    This article discusses the importance of sleep in optimizing human performance.
  • NSCA ClassicsThe Importance of Sleep for Athletic Performance

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    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. Educating athletes on the implications of sleep should be implemented by strength and conditioning coaches to optimize athlete recovery, promote consistent sleep routines, and sleep length.

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    Geoff J.G. Marshall, MSc, CSCS and Anthony N. Turner, MSc, CSCS*D
    Strength and Conditioning Journal
    Volume 38, Number 1, 2016

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