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Wakeup call: Reviewing the effects of sleep on decision-making in athletes and implications for sports officials

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Lastella, M, Onay, Z, Scanlan, AT, Elsworthy, N, Pitchford, NW ORCID: 0000-0003-3169-9347 and Vincent, GE 2020 , 'Wakeup call: Reviewing the effects of sleep on decision-making in athletes and implications for sports officials' , Montenegrin Journal of Sports Science and Medicine , pp. 1-7 , doi: 10.26773/mjssm.200907.

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Abstract

Although sports officials are essential in the adjudication of rules during competitions, researchinto officiating populations is preliminary. This review explores existing research on the effects of sleep losson decision-making in athlete populations, to gain relevant insight into sports officials and the growing decision-making demands of their role. Specifically, cognitive factors that influence decision-making are identified, and the potential relationship between sleep/wake behaviours and decision-making in sports officialswere examined. Particular focus was granted to sleep, specifically sleep restriction in athlete populations,and the hypothesized relationship between sleep/wake behaviours and decision-making in sports officials.Impaired sleep duration and quality has been shown to impair cognitive performance. In the context of sport,impairments to sleep can negatively impact motivation, physical strength, reaction time, and decision-making, all of which are imperative to the role of the sports official. Despite numerous studies demonstrating thatsleep loss reduces cognitive performance in athletes, this review revealed that similar research in sports officials has surprisingly yet to be conducted. Since sports officials require a high level of cognitive and physicalskills to make correct decisions, an inquiry into the influence of sleep on cognitive performance may encourage research that facilitates improved performance training methods for decision-making in officials. Suchfindings are important to maintain the standard of officiating and allow for the development of guidelines andstrategies to manage sleep and optimize decision-making across various sporting codes.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lastella, M and Onay, Z and Scanlan, AT and Elsworthy, N and Pitchford, NW and Vincent, GE
Keywords: sleep, sports officials, decision-making, referee, umpire, mood, motivation, competition
Journal or Publication Title: Montenegrin Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Publisher: Montenegrin Sports Academy
ISSN: 1800-8755
DOI / ID Number: 10.26773/mjssm.200907
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Copyright 2020 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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