Sleep and Performance

You Snooze, You Win

Quality sleep raises GPAs and lowers the number of dropped classes. On the field, it speeds reaction times and decreases injury risk. So how can college athletes get more of it?

NCAA convenes sleep and wellness summit

The Sport Science Institute is working to ensure student-athletes are also paying attention to a facet of their lives they may sacrifice for the sake of busy schedules: sleep.

Nutrition, Sleep and Performance Summits and Task Forces

The NCAA Sport Science Institute is committed to serving and educating student-athletes, athletics departments and member schools. To help accomplish this goal, we collaborate with prominent medical and sports medicine organizations, leading experts in the field, and member schools to host sport and topic-specific summits and task forces each year. These events give rise to best practices, recommendations, research agendas, and educational efforts that support and promote the health and safety of college athletes.

Interassociation Task Force on Sleep and Wellness

More than 40 members of an Interassociation Task Force on Sleep and Wellness convened in Indianapolis on May 1 and 2, 2017, to review the current data and discuss research related to the sleep health of student-athletes. Representatives from NCAA Association-wide committees, divisional bodies, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committees joined attendees from scientific, higher education and sports medicine organizations with the goal of developing recommendations to inform best practices and educational resources in support of the sleep wellness of college athletes.

During the two-day event, experts presented on the science of sleep and the relationship between sleep and mental well-being, diet, metabolism, traumatic brain injury, performance and recovery. A panel of coaches and student-athletes complemented the agenda by sharing their first-hand perspective of the barriers to sleep health and successful strategies for achieving sleep wellness. On the second day of the event, attendees participated in small and large group discussions to explore challenges to, and opportunities that could best support, the sleep wellness of student-athletes.

The event concluded with the development of next steps in which the task force members set forth an action plan to identify sleep-specific recommendations through a systematic and interactive consensus building process.  Upon completion of this process, a writing group composed of task force members will formalize interassociation recommendations that will be considered for peer review and publication. The task force, in conjunction with the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports and the Sport Science Institute, will then work collaboratively on a socialization effort to educate and inform member schools about the resulting recommendations.

Download the Task Force on Sleep and Wellness Agenda

Nutrition, Sleep and Performance Educational Resources

The NCAA Sport Science Institute is a leader in providing health and safety resources to college athletes, coaches, athletics administrators and campus partners. Together with leading medical organizations, behavioral health centers and content matter experts, the SSI provides educational resources for member schools to promote and support the health and well-being of student-athletes.

Located on this page are links to materials and resources related to the disordered eating, heat and hydration, and nutrition of college athletes. 

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