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Stress, Sleep and Recovery in Elite Soccer: A Critical Review of the Literature

Overview of attention for article published in Sports Medicine, July 2015
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Title
Stress, Sleep and Recovery in Elite Soccer: A Critical Review of the Literature
Published in
Sports Medicine, July 2015
DOI 10.1007/s40279-015-0358-z
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Mathieu Nédélec, Shona Halson, Abd-Elbasset Abaidia, Said Ahmaidi, Gregory Dupont

Abstract

In elite soccer, players are frequently exposed to various situations and conditions that can interfere with sleep, potentially leading to sleep deprivation. This article provides a comprehensive and critical review of the current available literature regarding the potential acute and chronic stressors (i.e. psychological, sociological and physiological stressors) placed on elite soccer players that may result in compromised sleep quantity and/or quality. Sleep is an essential part of the recovery process as it provides a number of important psychological and physiological functions. The effects of sleep disturbance on post-soccer match fatigue mechanisms and recovery time course are also described. Physiological and cognitive changes that occur when competing at night are often not conducive to sleep induction. Although the influence of high-intensity exercise performed during the night on subsequent sleep is still debated, environmental conditions (e.g. bright light in the stadium, light emanated from the screens) and behaviours related to evening soccer matches (e.g. napping, caffeine consumption, alcohol consumption) as well as engagement and arousal induced by the match may all potentially affect subsequent sleep. Apart from night soccer matches, soccer players are subjected to inconsistency in match schedules, unique team schedules and travel fatigue that may also contribute to the sleep debt. Sleep deprivation may be detrimental to the outcome of the recovery process after a match, resulting in impaired muscle glycogen repletion, impaired muscle damage repair, alterations in cognitive function and an increase in mental fatigue. The role of sleep in recovery is a complex issue, reinforcing the need for future research to estimate the quantitative and qualitative importance of sleep and to identify influencing factors. Efficient and individualised solutions are likely needed.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 3 1%
United States 1 <1%
Belgium 1 <1%
Singapore 1 <1%
Unknown 283 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 58 20%
Student > Bachelor 56 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 44 15%
Researcher 32 11%
Unspecified 28 10%
Other 71 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Sports and Recreations 138 48%
Unspecified 40 14%
Medicine and Dentistry 37 13%
Psychology 18 6%
Social Sciences 15 5%
Other 41 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 91. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 23 April 2019.
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