CQUniversity
Browse

File(s) not publicly available

Impact of short- compared to long-haul international travel on the sleep and wellbeing of national wheelchair basketball athletes

journal contribution
posted on 2018-05-30, 00:00 authored by HR Thornton, J Miller, L Taylor, Charli SargentCharli Sargent, Antonio LastellaAntonio Lastella, PM Fowler
© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group Currently, very little is known about the impact of short- or long-haul air travel on the sleep and wellbeing of wheelchair basketball athletes. Eleven national wheelchair basketball athletes wore actigraphy monitors prior, during, and after air travel to the United Kingdom. Upon arrival, participants rated their subjective jet-lag, fatigue, and vigor. Individuals traveled to the United Kingdom from different locations in Australia, the United States, and Europe and were categorised according to travel length [LONG (up to 30.2 h) or SHORT (up to 6.5 h)]. Linear mixed models determined effects of travel length on sleep and subjective ratings of jet-lag, fatigue, and vigor. During competition, subjective fatigue and jet-lag were substantially higher (ES = 0.73; ±0.77) and (ES = 0.57; ±0.60), subjective vigor was lower (ES = 1.94; ±0.72), and get-up time was earlier (ES = 0.57; ±0.60) for LONG when compared to SHORT. Travelling greater distances by airplane had a larger effect on subjective ratings of jet-lag, fatigue and vigor, rather than sleep. Irrespective of travel group, sleep and subjective responses were compromised, reflecting the travel requirements, competition-mediated influences, and/or due to a change in environment.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

36

Issue

13

Start Page

1476

End Page

1484

Number of Pages

9

eISSN

1466-447X

ISSN

0264-0414

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

Acceptance Date

2017-10-24

External Author Affiliations

La Trobe University; Australian Institute of Sport; ASPETAR, Athlete Health and Performance Research Centre; Loughborough University

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Journal of Sports Sciences