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P-21 Subjective sleep quality in elite womens international soccer players prior to an international match
  1. Michael M McKenna1,
  2. Andrew D White1,
  3. Stephen H Boyce1,2,3,
  4. Oliver GD Davies1,2,
  5. Mark W Dixon1,
  6. Niall Elliott1
  1. 1SportScotland Institute of Sport, Stirling, UK
  2. 2Scottish Football Association, Glasgow, UK
  3. 3Emergency Department, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, UK

Abstract

Aim Sleep has been found to have many recuperative and restorative effects on an athlete’s recovery and preparation for a match. In international soccer it is common that players have to sleep in unfamiliar locations (e.g. hotel) prior to matches however little is known about the quality of sleep achieved in a hotel compared with at home.

Method 21 female international soccer player’s sleep quality was monitored in the weeks before and during four different domestic international camp’s with the use of a mobile application that was filled out each morning immediately after awakening. The sleep quality was a 10-point scale with 1 being negative and 10 being positive. For differences in sleep quality, an independent t-test was used to compare means. Statistical significance was set at p < 0.05.

Results There was no significant difference when comparing sleep quality at home with that of in a hotel in the lead up to a women’s home international soccer match (7.44 ± 1.32 vs. 7.36 ± 1.16, p = 0.39).

Conclusion The findings of the present study indicate that the subjective sleep quality of female soccer players is not reduced in a hotel prior to a domestic international match and is not compromising recovery and preparation for the match. Further research is required to determine whether this is the same for away international fixtures.

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