CALGARY, Sept. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - There's a new "performance enhancement"
technique quickly being recognized by athletes, coaches and sports
medicine doctors around the world, sleep.
"The NCAA medical staff of the division 1A schools have identified
chronic sleep deprivation as a significant health risk to student
athletes that also has an effect on academic performance," says Dr.
Charles Samuels, medical director at Calgary, Alberta's Centre for
Sleep and Human Performance.
Canada's own board certified sleep specialist and human performance
researcher, Samuels, is on his way to Dallas, Texas to speak to the
NCAA's division 1A Factuly Athletics Representatives (FAR) on this very
subject this coming Sunday, Sept. 21.
Mounting research shows that the amount and time of day you sleep
effects mood and cognitive function as well as metabolic and
cardiovascular function in humans.
Not only is the brain's ability to remember information hindered by
sleep deprivation but a person's reaction time and reflexes can slow
down when sleep deprived and at specific times of day when the
biological clock is at a low. This happens twice every 24 hours.
The biological clock is the body's way of regulating the sleep and wake
systems, it is also part of the reason athletes and laymen alike get
jet lag. Each time zone further from home causes the circadian rhythm
to further desynchronize, fooling the body and brain into thinking it
should be asleep or awake when it may be the middle of the day in the
new time zone.
The sometimes heavy travel schedules of collegiate athletes mean that
not only do they have to contend with jet lag and missed classes but
the accumulation of sleep deprivation caused by crossing all those time
zones results in travel fatigue.
With this in mind the NCAA's chief medical officer, Dr. Brian Hainline,
has invited Samuels to speak to FAR about the effect of sleep
disturbance on athletic performance, competition and training, jet lag
and travel fatigue, and even academia.
A heavy course load along with training and travel are major
contributors to over training, or under recovery.
"If we can teach doctors, coaches and athletes how to successfully work
sleep and recovery into the training schedule we can lower the instance
of under recovery and keep athletes training at their highest level for
longer," says Samuels, who's ultimate goal is to keep young athletes
healthier and in the game for longer.
SOURCE: The Centre for Sleep and Human Performance
For further information:
For more information, to schedule an interview with Dr. Samuels please contact:
Jesse Amery, Centre for Sleep and Human Performance
Ph: 778.927.7975 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org