Public Release: 29-Jan-2015 Who's going to win? The answer could change by the hour

January 29, 2015 5:03 PM

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The outcome of that big sporting event you just can't wait to watch may depend on how the timing of the match aligns (or doesn't) with the internal biological clocks of the athletes on the teams, according to a study reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on January 29. Athletes and coaches would do well to make note and adjust their schedules accordingly, the researchers say.

The study found that the performance of competition-level athletes varies over the course of the day by as much as 26%. People who would naturally prefer to sleep in will give their best performances hours later in the day than early birds will.

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