Sleep and performance in elite combat and contact athletes

Ian Charles Dunican

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Elite athletic organisations are increasingly recognising sleep as being an essential component of performance and recovery in athletes. Sleep may be negatively affected during training and competition as a result of factors such as the use of ergogenic aids including caffeine, electronic devices and the potential presence of sleep disorders, all of which can affect cognitive and physical performance. A series of studies were undertaken to investigate such issues with combat athletes from the Australian Institute of Sport and with contact athletes from an elite Super Rugby team, with the findings used to improve recovery and performance.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Eastwood, Peter, Supervisor
  • Martin, David, Supervisor, External person
  • Dawson, Brian, Supervisor
  • Caldwell, John A., Supervisor, External person
  • Hallson, Shona, Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date24 Apr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

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