The Value of Sleep on Athletic Performance, Injury, and Recovery in the Young Athlete

Pediatr Ann. 2017 Mar 1;46(3):e106-e111. doi: 10.3928/19382359-20170221-01.


Adequate sleep can easily become compromised as student-athletes try to balance the multiple demands on their time. People with sleep deficiency are at increased risk for acute illnesses, traumatic sports injuries, and development of chronic diseases. Training sessions or competitions during extremely early or late hours can interfere with circadian and homeostatic rhythms. Adjusting the training schedule to improve sleep duration has a significantly positive impact on several aspects of athletic performance. Pediatricians should increase the time dedicated in well-child visits for sleep hygiene and evaluate for sleep disorders at all ages. Parents, coaching staff, teachers, and pediatricians should advocate for improved education on the importance of sleep during adolescence. Future sleep research specific to adolescent athletes can further delineate requirements specific to sport, gender, training times, and surrounding competitions. [Pediatr Ann. 2017;46(3):e106-e111.].

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Athletic Injuries / psychology
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy
  • Athletic Performance / physiology*
  • Athletic Performance / psychology
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Sleep / physiology*
  • Sleep Deprivation / complications*
  • Sleep Deprivation / physiopathology
  • Sleep Deprivation / prevention & control
  • Sleep Deprivation / psychology
  • Youth Sports / injuries*
  • Youth Sports / physiology
  • Youth Sports / psychology