You Can Help Your Athletic Teen Prevent Sports Injury by Getting Enough Sleep

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It is common for parents to give their children the best opportunity to succeed. For example, I have signed my soccer-playing kids for additional training which may give them an added advantage.

In your pursuit to help your children, have you ever considered how sleep could affect performance? One research article titled, “Chronic Lack of Sleep is Associated With Increased Sports Injury in Adolescent Adults” states that athletes who sleep less than eight hours a night were 1.7 times more likely to have an injury compared to those who slept eight hours or more.

According to the findings of the study, sleep deprivation can affect motor function, mood, and cognitive function all of which could affect a young student athlete’s performance and injury risk.

To add to the argument of sufficient sleep, the Sleep Foundation has recommended eight to ten hours of sleep for teens 14-17 years of age to enable proper growth and development. Please visit www.sleepfoundation.org for recommended sleep times for all ages.

Therefore, to give your rising stars the best opportunity to succeed, please consider their sleep duration and quality. If your child struggles sleeping, we may be able to help! Please contact us at (435)755-6562 today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.