Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise
School of Medical and Health Sciences / Centre for Precision Health
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To date, no study has investigated the extent to which sleep-wake behaviour (SWB) influences match performance in junior tennis players. This study aimed to assess the influence of SWB for the week and night before on match performance, particularly match analytics and activity.
This study recruited 10 junior state grade tennis players who wore an actigraphy device and completed a sleep diary for the week before their match on two separate occasions throughout their competition season. Players wore a global positioning system device to track their movement during matches, and an experienced tennis coach recorded players' match analytics.
This study showed that the sleep fragmentation index was significantly lower the week before matches in females who had won than those who had lost. Additionally, the sleep fragmentation index was significantly lower the night before a given match than the week before. Only sleep fragmentation index and sleep latency significantly influenced match performance in junior tennis players. The percentage of second serves points won differed between match wins and losses for male players, while winners and forced errors differed for female players.
These findings provide a detailed profile of tennis match play in junior state grade players. Despite individual differences, reduced restlessness the night before a match coincides with increased match performance.
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