All throughout my high school years, I danced on my high school’s dance team and for three other competitive dance teams through my organization called Pittsburgh Poison. I used to practice every day a week and most of the time multiple times per day. Every year right at the peak of my dance season where we are practicing a ton in preparation for very important dance competitions, I would always get injured. After waking up super early to go to school then going straight to multiple practices each night, an injury is bound to happen. Due to my lack of sleep and overuse of my tired muscles I would get injured.
According to Medpage Today , “Insufficient sleep — defined by the CDC and the National Sleep Foundation as less than 8 hours per night among high school students — is epidemic in this age group, Milewski said, pointing to a CDC study that found that about 68.9% of high school students were getting an inadequate amount of sleep.”
To explore the possible connection between insufficient sleep and sports injury, the researchers surveyed student athletes from Harvard-Westlake School, a private school in Los Angeles that includes grades 7 through 12. The average age of 112 students who completed the online questionnaires — 58 females and 54 males — was 15, ranging from 12 to 18. The questionnaires included questions on the number of sports played, the time committed to sports both in and out of school, the use of private coaches or strength training, sleep, and enjoyment from athletic participation.The percentage of respondents who reported sleeping less than 8 hours per night was 76.7%. Over a 21-month period, 57% of the athletes sustained injuries that were recorded by athletic trainers at the school; 38% of all athletes suffered multiple injuries.
In another article by Science Daily , “Hours of sleep per night was significantly associated with a decreased likelihood of injury, according to the study results.”
In conclusion, young athletes should definitely be getting their sleep if they are very active with sports. I wish I took this into consideration when I was dancing all the time. I could have saved myself from many injuries.