In the following essay, I will describe the five lifestyle factors that can affect an athlete. I will then go on to analyse each of the factors and how they affect an athlete’s lifestyle.
The lifestyle factors that I will be talking about include the following:
As human beings we all need sleep in our lifestyle. Sleep is our recovery period; it gives us the opportunity to rest from physical activity and repairs our brains mentally for the next day.
Most sports that athletes take part in are physically demanding. Therefore, it is important that we have more sleep than the average person; this gives us more time to recover from our sport.
16-19 year old athletes are advised to have at least 9 hours of sleep per night. Doing this consistently will maximise their sporting performance, moreover it is very important that 16-19 year olds have their recommended amount of sleep since some athletes won’t have reached their physical peak, therefore getting enough sleep gives them maximum opportunity for their muscles to grow making you bigger and stronger.
If you have the correct amount of sleep:
Positive thought processes – Having a rested mind allows positive thoughts to come about much more easily and frequently, therefore when you are encouraged by your coach or captain you will be more motivated to perform at your best.
Improved memory – If you play the same team twice in a season and you have been instructed to man mark their best player by your coach and you know how he plays, this gives you an increased chance to counter his attacking plays during the match.
Muscle tissue is repaired – When you train hard an athlete needs to give their muscles time to recover so they can grow bigger and stronger, the more sleep the better. If they don’t give their muscles time to recover then there is a greater risk of causing injury.
If you don’t have the correct amount of sleep: