Thursday, June 08, 2006

Jet-lagged sports teams

Study says West coast teams have advantage:
Ingmundson, who is also a a diplomate with the American Board of Sleep Medicine, says western-based teams may have an advantage in sporting events in which cross-country road trips are invloved. He has found that a disruption in eastern teams` circadian rhythms – or internal clocks – may contribute directly to poor performances like Miami`s versus Dallas.

"The mechanism is relatively straightforward, at least superficially," explains Ingmundson. "Performance on many cognitive and motor tasks peaks in late afternoon. Teams travelling west to east to play night games are playing with their biological clocks set earlier, close to the most favorable time, and teams traveling from east to west are playing at relatively later point in their biological "day," conferring a relative handicap."
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2 Comments:

Blogger RPM said...

He has found that a disruption in eastern teams` circadian rhythms – or internal clocks – may contribute directly to poor performances like Miami`s versus Dallas.

Does he know something that no one else does? Miami and Dallas have yet to play a game. What "poor performance" is he talking about? Also, Dallas is pretty far from the west coast (the closest coast is the Gulf of Mexico). In fact, Dallas is only one time zone over from Miami. This may be valid science, but this is the wrong example.

9:22 AM  
Blogger coturnix said...

They were looking at basketball and football results over a span of years, not including the last couple of seasons.

10:32 AM  

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