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Impact of short- compared to long-haul international travel on the sleep and wellbeing of national wheelchair basketball athletes

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posted on 16.01.2020, 14:28 by Heidi R. Thornton, Joanna Miller, Lee TaylorLee Taylor, Charli Sargent, Michele Lastella, Peter M. Fowler
Currently, very little is known about the impact of short- or long-haul air travel on the sleep and wellbeing of wheelchair basketball athletes. Eleven national wheelchair basketball athletes wore actigraphy monitors prior, during, and after air travel to the United Kingdom. Upon arrival, participants rated their subjective jet-lag, fatigue, and vigor. Individuals traveled to the United Kingdom from different locations in Australia, the United States, and Europe and were categorised according to travel length [LONG (up to 30.2 h) or SHORT (up to 6.5 h)]. Linear mixed models determined effects of travel length on sleep and subjective ratings of jet-lag, fatigue, and vigor. During competition, subjective fatigue and jet-lag were substantially higher (ES = 0.73; ±0.77) and (ES = 0.57; ±0.60), subjective vigor was lower (ES = 1.94; ±0.72), and get-up time was earlier (ES = 0.57; ±0.60) for LONG when compared to SHORT. Travelling greater distances by airplane had a larger effect on subjective ratings of jet-lag, fatigue and vigor, rather than sleep. Irrespective of travel group, sleep and subjective responses were compromised, reflecting the travel requirements, competition-mediated influences, and/or due to a change in environment.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Sports Sciences

Volume

36

Issue

13

Pages

1476 - 1484

Publisher

Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 3 November 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02640414.2017.1398883.

Acceptance date

24/10/2017

Publication date

2017-11-03

Copyright date

2017

ISSN

0264-0414

eISSN

1466-447X

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Lee Taylor. Deposit date: 15 January 2020

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