Benefits of sleep on reduction of injury and illness in Division I female soccer players

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Corbit Franks
Julia Phillips
Kaitlyn Armstrong
Thomas Andre
Jangwoo Jo
Melinda Valliant


Injuries in soccer athletes continues to rise and there is a cause for concern. Collegiate athletes have physically demanding workloads and struggle to sleep an adequate amount each night. A potential association is how sleep could play a role in an athletes’ injury. 24 NCAA DI women’s soccer athletes were utilized during the Fall 2019 season. Athletes self-reported their daily hours slept and the athletic trainer tracked and classified athletes’ injury and illness status: no-injury, medical attention injury, or time loss injury. K-mean clustering was utilized to classify the athletes into 3 groups: injury/illness-free group (n=12), mild-to-moderate injury/illness group (n=7), and heavy injury/illness group (n=5). Sleep was statistically significantly lower in the heavy-injury group than other groups and small effect sizes were detected (d31 = .282, p < .001; d32 = .278, p < .001). Based on the data, it appears hours slept plays a factor in female soccer athletes’ risk of injury.

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Franks, C., Phillips, J., Armstrong, K., Andre, T., Jo, J., & Valliant, M. (2024). Benefits of sleep on reduction of injury and illness in Division I female soccer players. Scientific Journal of Sport and Performance, 3(3), 395–404.
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