Sleep within the NBA bubble: the impact of COVID on sleep & mental health [Blog post]

Bird, Stephen P. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5607-3829 and Singh, Meeta and Charest, Jonathan and Huyghe, Thomas and Calleja-Gonzalez, Julio (2021) Sleep within the NBA bubble: the impact of COVID on sleep & mental health [Blog post]. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 16 June 2021. ISSN 0306-3674


Abstract

A significant consideration by the performance staff heading into the NBA Bubble was the potential accumulative increase in player stress and anxiety associated with adhering to the daily NBA Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) protocols, environmental transition into the Bubble (quarantine and isolation), coupled with training and competition demands. The impact of such cumulative stress and anxiety negatively affects players mental health, resulting in significant sleep-related issues6 with detrimental effects on player health, recovery and performance. The National Basketball Players Association highlighted that the uncertainty of the situation the impact of COVID-19 on the players and staff, likely to result in a range of emotions such as “anxiety, fear, uncertainty, confusion, hypervigilance, depression, an increased sense of vulnerability, boredom, and a heightened awareness of the needs for self-care”. In response, the NBA expanded their mental health guidelines by adopting new rules that required all teams to have at least one mental health professional on their full-time staff for 2019-2020 season.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2021)
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2021 06:14
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 04:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coronavirus; COVID-19; NBA
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110604 Sports Medicine
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4299 Other health sciences > 429999 Other health sciences 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): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280112 Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42489

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