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Sleep disorders after mild traumatic brain injuries in elements with professional athletic activity
  1. Nikolaos Ch.Syrmos1,2,3,
  2. Argyios Mylonas2,
  3. Georgios Gavridakis1,
  4. Vaitsa Giannouli3
  1. 1Venizeleio General Hospital, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
  2. 2Department of Physical Activity and Sports Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece
  3. 3Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece

Abstract

Indroduction Sleep disturbances are common situations after traumatic brain injuries.

Aim Aim of this study was to evaluate sleep disorders in elements professional athletic activity after mild traumatic brain injuries.

Material and methods Evaluation of 10 professional athletes was performed, 7 men–70% and 3 women −30%(range 18–38 years and mean age 28) with sleep disturbances after mild traumatic brain injuries. The most common disturbances are insomnia in 6, 60% increased sleep need in 2–20%, and excessive daytime sleepiness in 2–20%. We suggest in all 10, 100%, cognitive-behavioural therapy and appropriate medication, under psychiatric surveillance. 8 of them 80% returned with safe results in the physical activity after 2 or 3 months.

Results The most common disturbances were insomnia in 5, 50%, increased sleep need in 2–20%, and excessive daytime sleepiness in 3–30%. We suggest in all 10,100%, cognitive-behavioural therapy and appropriate medication, under psychiatric surveillance. 7 of them 70% returned with safe results in the physical activity after 2 or 3 months.

Conclusions We need more investigation but seems that cognitive-behavioural therapy and medication could be helpful in these situation.

Competing interests None.

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