From the NBA to the NHL: a parallel problem exists

Singh, Meeta and Bird, Stephen P. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5607-3829 and Charest, Jonathan and Huyghe, Thomas and Calleja-Gonzalez, Julio (2021) From the NBA to the NHL: a parallel problem exists. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. ISSN 1550-9389


Abstract

In light of our recent paper ‘Urgent wake up call for the National Basketball Association’, we feel it is important to highlight the parallel problem that exists in the National Hockey League (NHL). The NHL has nearly identical air travel and condensed game schedules to the NBA, with players and coaches encountering similar health and wellbeing issues related to accumulating travel-related sleep deprivation, circadian disruption and jet lag. In fact, the betting industry use travel as a factor for hedging bets, betting that tired teams don’t play as well! Like the NBA, the NHL schedule consists of 82 regular season games (41 each of home and road), and similar to the NBA, although the fans only see the players for the length of the game, the actual day of the players start and finishes several hours before and after the first puck drop. With early morning skate rituals and late-night games interspersed with medical treatments, media, sponsorship and family obligations, the typical daily schedules of NHL players lead to inconsistent sleep opportunities. Similar to the NBA, NHL stakeholders including players and coaches have voiced concerns about lack of sleep and fatigue.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2021 00:09
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2021 00:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: sleep, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
Fields of Research (2020): 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3208 Medical physiology > 320899 Medical physiology not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200407 Health status (incl. wellbeing)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41156

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