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Sports 2018, 6(3), 89; https://doi.org/10.3390/sports6030089

The Negative Influence of Air Travel on Health and Performance in the National Basketball Association: A Narrative Review

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BC Oostende, Oostende 8400, Belgium
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Human Exercise and Training Laboratory, School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton 4702, Australia
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Physical Education and Sport Department, University of Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Vitoria-Gasteiz 48940, Spain
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Received: 3 July 2018 / Revised: 23 August 2018 / Accepted: 24 August 2018 / Published: 30 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Improving Practice and Performance in Basketball)
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Abstract

Air travel requirements are a concern for National Basketball Association (NBA) coaches, players, and owners, as sport-based research has demonstrated short-haul flights (≤6 h) increase injury risk and impede performance. However, examination of the impact of air travel on player health and performance specifically in the NBA is scarce. Therefore, we conducted a narrative review of literature examining the influence of air travel on health and performance in team sport athletes with suggestions for future research directions in the NBA. Prominent empirical findings and practical recommendations are highlighted pertaining to sleep, nutrition, recovery, and scheduling strategies to alleviate the negative effects of air travel on health and performance in NBA players. View Full-Text
Keywords: NBA; athletic performance; fatigue; circadian rhythm; injury; sleep NBA; athletic performance; fatigue; circadian rhythm; injury; sleep
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Huyghe, T.; Scanlan, A.T.; Dalbo, V.J.; Calleja-González, J. The Negative Influence of Air Travel on Health and Performance in the National Basketball Association: A Narrative Review. Sports 2018, 6, 89.

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