USING FORTY WINKS TO KICK A FEW GOALS
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.”
St Kilda footballers Luke Dunstan and Blake Acres are teaming up with Monash University to study how sleep affects performance.