One of the most important aspects of a comprehensive recovery strategy for youth soccer players is the quality and duration of sleep. Sleep duration is highly associated with a variety of physiological and psychological functions, including concentration, attention, and sports performance. Similarly, sleep durations are often shorter than those of non-athletes. Furthermore, youth soccer players' bedtimes are generally later than those of non-athletes. This is a possible reason for the shorter sleep duration observed in athletes.
The study examined the relationship between off-training physical activity and youth soccer players' sleep quality. Participants wore 100 Hz tri-axial accelerometers to measure off-training physical activity and sleep duration, and the results were compared to a control group. The results revealed distinct patterns in the sleep of young soccer players, with the Higher group showing the most correspondence between off-training and training-response profiles. By contrast, the Medium group showed little or no correspondence between training responses and off-training PA. In conclusion, youth soccer players should focus on the integration of off-training PA with their sleep.
The reduced amount of REM raises questions about the recovery of soccer players. REM helps regulate emotions. Because REM occurs during the night before the game, it was likely higher than on the night before. This suggests that soccer players' emotional activity was high before a game, including high anxiety and excitement regarding the outcome of the match. Additionally, the decrease in REM may be due to their relief after the game.
As a result, sleep duration was the most important variable to consider in evaluating youth soccer player performance. However, sleep durations were lower than recommended for elite youth athletes from the Middle East. This study suggests that sleep tracking can be integrated into routine training monitoring and inform decision-making for multidisciplinary interventions. Further research is needed to determine whether youth soccer players need more sleep or need less sleep. These findings will guide coaches and parents in developing strategies to improve sleep durations.
Perceived fatigue and sleep durations of youth female soccer players
Sleep duration and perceived fatigue were associated with soccer performance among elite female soccer players. This study investigated the relationship between perceived fatigue and sleep duration in young female athletes. Using an unobtrusive impulse radio ultra-wideband Doppler radar, researchers monitored sleep and perceived fatigue over a period of 124 days. LS was a key factor for sleep duration, while NREM and respiratory rates were important measures of sleep efficiency.
Sleep duration and perceived fatigue are important factors in recovery during the intense demands of female soccer games. Sleep durations were significantly correlated with perceived fatigue and the amount of time spent in REM sleep. Sleep duration during game nights were also significantly associated with perceived fatigue and NREM respiration. Sleep duration were normal on the following two nights after soccer games, which was important for preventing performance reversal due to fatigue.
These findings suggest that players' sleep is affected by the menstrual cycle phases. In particular, players who played both FM and FL teams experienced significantly reduced sleep duration, but there was no difference between the two groups in terms of performance. Despite these findings, further research needs to explore the causality between sleep duration and perceived fatigue. Further studies should examine subjective well-being of female soccer players.
Associations between perceived fatigue and objectively quantified sleep in soccer players
To assess the relationship between perceived fatigue and objectively quantified sleep, a study was conducted on female elite soccer players. Sleep was monitored on 124 consecutive days by an unobtrusive impulse radio ultra-wideband Doppler radar. Players were asked to rate their sleep on a self-report mobile phone application. The results revealed that sleep is a reliable predictor of perceived fatigue in soccer players.
Sleep quality and PA were also related to soccer players' off-training behaviors. Youth soccer organizations should promote a holistic approach to soccer player development, and this study is a step in that direction. The findings suggest that the level of PA is an important determinant of perceived fatigue. Further research should explore how coaches can use this information to optimize training programs for their athletes.
In conclusion, it is clear that sleep, sleep duration, and perceived fatigue are all important factors when it comes to optimizing performance in youth male and female soccer players alike. Coaches should be aware of these associations when developing training programs for their athletes, as well as when monitoring their athletes' recovery strategies.