Can sleeping more actually prevent injuries?
When investigating possible factors that can lead to injury, the amount of sleep an athlete gets is not typically considered. The following article looks at the correlation between injury rates and amounts of sleep. The authors concluded that lower amounts of sleep (<8 hours/night) along with a higher grade in school are associated with a higher injury rate. They found that those who slept on average <8 hours per night were 1.7 times more likely to get injured versus the group that slept >8 hours per night. It appears that decreasing the risk of injury can be added to the many benefits of a good night of sleep! See article below for more details!
Katie Cordery, PT