The impact of a simulated grand tour on sleep, mood, and well-being of competitive cyclists
Michelle Lastella, Gregory D Roach, Shona Halson, David Martin, Nicholas P West and Charli Sargent. (2015). The impact of a simulated grand tour on sleep, mood, and well-being of competitive cyclists. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 55(12), pp. 1555-1564.
|Authors||Michelle Lastella, Gregory D Roach, Shona Halson, David Martin, Nicholas P West and Charli Sargent|
Aim: Professional cycling is considered one of the most demanding of all endurance sports. The three major professional cycling stages races (i.e. Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España) require cyclists to compete daily covering between ~150 - 200 km for three consecutive weeks. Anecdotal evidence indicates that such an event has a significant effect on the sleep, mood, and general well--being of cyclists, particularly during the latter stages of the event. The primary aim of this study was to simulate a grand tour and determine the impact a grand tour has on the sleep, mood, and general well--being of competitive cyclists. Methods: Twenty--one male cyclists (M ± SD, age 22.2 ± 2.7 years) were examined for 39 days across three phases (i.e. baseline, simulated grand tour, and recovery). Sleep was assessed using sleep diaries and wrist activity monitors. Mood and general well--being were assessed using the Brunel Mood Scale (BRUMS) and visual analogue scales (VAS). Results: The amount and quality of sleep as assessed by the wrist activity monitors declined during the simulated grand tour. In contrast, self--reported sleep quality improved throughout the study. Cyclists' mood and general well--being as indicated by vigour, motivation, physical and mental state declined during the simulated tour. Conclusion: Future investigations should examine sleep, mood and well--being during an actual grand tour. Such data could prove instrumental toward understanding the sleep and psychological changes that occur during a grand tour.
|Journal||The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness|
|Journal citation||55 (12), pp. 1555-1564|
|Publisher||Edizioni Minerva Medica|
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|Deposited||26 Apr 2021|
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