17 Sep Is Your Athlete Getting Enough Sleep?
Hello CSC families and players,
As your Certified Athletic Trainer from Bluegrass Orthopaedics, my goal is to keep you all healthy and on the field and get you back to the field as quickly as possible if you do get injured. Occasionally you may see helpful messages from me about things like injury prevention. Today, as you all are in the full swing of being back at school, I’d like to address something we often overlook as athletes, and that is the importance of SLEEP. Did you know that not getting enough sleep can actually decrease your athletic performance and put you more at risk of being injured?
Studies have shown that athletes who sleep on average less than 8 hours a night have 1.7 times greater risk of being injured than those who sleep 8 or more. Sleep also plays a large role in your recovery between workout sessions. Human Growth Hormone, which is essential for muscle growth, is most active during sleep cycles. Your brain also stores and sorts all the information you learned during the day while sleeping, making sleep important for learning as well. So staying up late is not only robbing you of sleep, but hurting you both in the classroom and on the field as well!
* As part of their presenting sponsorship of Commonwealth SC, Bluegrass Orthopaedics provide an athletic trainer on-site at trainings to respond to injuries and pro-actively monitor the weather for player safety. For more information or to contact BGO, visit their website at www.bluegrassortho.com or call (859) 263-5140.
Athletic Trainer/Clinical Assistant