US­ING FORTY WINKS TO KICK A FEW GOALS

Herald Sun - - NEWS - BRIT­TANY GOLDSMITH

TH­ESE snoozy Saints are hit­ting the hay to im­prove their per­for­mance.

The St Kilda Foot­ball Club has teamed up with Monash Univer­sity to test a new type of train­ing, de­signed to in­ves­ti­gate how sleep in­ter­ven­tion can lead to faster re­cov­ery times and im­proved per­for­mance.

Footy boots and guernseys will be traded for slip­pers and py­ja­mas as part of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary pro­gram, which will see play­ers head to the Monash sleep clinic for as­sess­ment over the com­ing weeks.

The ses­sions will re­view the play­ers’ cur­rent sleep­ing pat­terns, and im­ple­ment per­son­alised rest sched­ules to en­sure qual­ity of sleep is in­creased, and re­cov­ery time be­tween games is de­creased.

Elite ath­lete per­for­mance can be com­pro­mised by fac­tors such as rest­less­ness, jet lag and core body tem­per­a­ture.

St Kilda high per­for­mance man­ager Matt Hornsby said min­imis­ing the ef­fect of re­cov­ery could make a dif­fer­ence for the play­ers.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited to see how this study de­vel­ops and what in­sights it can pro­vide to us,” he said.

“Op­ti­mis­ing re­cov­ery is so vi­tal to per­for­mance.”

Pic­ture: IAN CUR­RIE

St Kilda foot­ballers Luke Dun­stan and Blake Acres are team­ing up with Monash Univer­sity to study how sleep af­fects per­for­mance.

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