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Surprising Way Sleep and Sports Injuries are Related

We all know how important sleep is. Adults generally need 7 to 9 hours of sleep but, some only need as few as 6 hours as other may require as much as 10 hours of sleep each night. Infants require about 14-15 hours of sleep a day and teenagers need about 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep per night. What if there was a direct correlation between a lack of sleep and sports injuries, especially in young athletes?

Today’s lifestyle is quite hectic for all of us. Teenagers today have a lot of pressure on them with the demands of school, homework, social life, and extracurricular activities. Add to that social media, videogames, cell phones, computers, and other forms of technology that take up their time throughout the day. With trying to balance out daily obligations and of course the extra stresses that come along with being a teenager, it’s no surprise that teenagers don’t get enough sleep, and teenage athletes especially need their sleep.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), teens who slept at least eight hours each night have a 68% lower risk of sports injury compared to those who regularly slept less. Researchers from the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles enlisted 112 student athletes (54 male and 58 female) to complete a survey about their sleep and activity levels. The findings showed that hours of sleep per night were significantly associated with a decreased likelihood of injury. In addition, the higher the grade level of the athlete, the greater likelihood of injury if sleep was deprived.

Athletes who haven’t had enough sleep lose their ability to pay attention for any length of time. Concentration is a basic necessity in all sports, so it poses a real problem in both safely playing a position and keeping with the flow of the game. Another problem associated with the lack of sleep in athletes is reaction time, because lack of an attention span and concentration has a direct impact on the brain’s ability to process information. It’s hard to get of the way of a defender or tackler if you can’t quickly process your reaction. The cardiovascular system is also affected by sleep. Cardiovascular function reduces with a lack of sleep and that not only increases mistakes made, but also increases the risk of injuries.

A great way for teens to avoid injury this season and in seasons to come is to make sure they are getting enough sleep. Sometimes injuries cannot be avoided, and if that is the case, Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine can help get you back on the field, court, track, or rink. We offer services such as sports medicine, physical therapy, chiropractic, and more. Contact us for an appointment to learn more about preventing sports injuries and treating them too.

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We have eight offices and one ambulatory surgery center (ASC) located in and around Monmouth County, NJ and Ocean County, NJ, and we have many patients that visit us from the following towns:

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  • Any many others

Since the beginning, our doctors and staff have been committed to treating patients who suffer from several different types of painful spine, joint, and orthopedic conditions. Furthermore, our goal is not only to reduce pain through physical rehabilitation, therapy, or any of our procedures and treatment options, but to help all of our patients have their functionality and quality of life restored.

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One of the many benefits of choosing NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine is that we only use the most innovative and modern treatment options and procedures. Furthermore, every service and treatment option we offer is available at each of our nine offices. Therefore, you should expect to receive the treatment you need whether you visit our office in Jackson, NJ, Point Pleasant, NJ, Barnegat, NJ, Manchester, NJ, Aberdeen, NJ or Tinton Falls, NJ. Furthermore, when patients come to one of our offices, they are always greeted with smiles and treated with kindness.

Every member of a team is respectful and empathetic, and will go to great lengths to ensure your pain management needs are addressed. Another reason to choose our medical practice is because our team makes it one of their highest priorities to stay at the forefront of medical research so that they’re offering the best care possible. Lastly, our physicians and staff also make certain that patients have the knowledge they need to help them live pain-free lives.

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While some patients may only require one service and/or treatment option and procedure, others may require customized care plans to help them get back on their feet. After your initial evaluation, your physician will create a custom-tailored treatment plan that they feel will offer you with the pain relief you want. In fact, you should not only expect to be recommended with a treatment plan that will help to reduce and/or eliminate your pain, but one that will aid in increasing your activity level, and reducing the amount of pain medicine you take. In the end, you will be provided with a comprehensive and customized care plan that will greatly improve the quality of your life.

Even though pain is an unavoidable part of life, it doesn’t mean you must suffer from it all throughout your lifetime. To learn more the doctors and staff at NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine, our pain treatment options and procedures, and our locations in and around Ocean County, NJ, and Monmouth County, NJ, please browse our site. To make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to do so online, or give one of the offices closest to your home in Brick, NJ, Lakewood, NJ, Marlboro, NJ, Freehold, NJ, Glassboro, NJ, or another area a call today.