More injuries occur when teens lack sleep

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 2nd Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Lack of sleep effects us in so many ways. A study showed that lack of sleep may also be responsible for teens and sports injuries.

Sport Injuries and lack of sleep

It comes as no surprise that lack of sleep affects the way our day will turn out. Much research has been done on the subject. However, the average person may not realize that lack of sleep can cause bodily injury. According to ScienceDaily, the athletes who slept 8 hours each night were 68 percent less likely to become injured than those who slept less. The abstract for the findings was published at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans.

Study on sports and lack of sleep

The researchers asked kids from grade 7 to 12 in Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, California to report how many sports they played, the time they took to play sports, if they had a private coach, if they took strength training, and how many hours they slept at night. They were also asked how much they enjoyed playing sports. The researchers reviewed the schools injury files and compared it the answers they received from the adolescents.

Hours of sleep was associated with injury

The hours of sleep were significantly associated with injury, and the higher the grade the more chance for injury. However, “gender, weeks of participating in sports per year, hours of participation per week, number of sports, strength training, private coaching and subjective assessments of "having fun in sports" were not significantly associated with injury.”

The study author Matthew Milewski, MD states that this was the first study to look at the relationship between sports and sleep. The researches had expected to find that the amount of time and specialization of sports would be the key factors for injuries; instead they found that grade level and sleep were the key factors associated with sports injuries.

Doctor Milewski suggests that perhaps the age is significant because older adolescents have been playing sports longer than younger kids. He also states that adolescents who have been playing for three of four years are also bigger, stronger, and faster.

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar brendamarie
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

Very informative article Carol Congrats on the gold star.

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author avatar vellur
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

Lack of sleep can wreak havoc on the body and brain and lead to injuries. Informative and useful article and congratulations on the star.

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