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Session length is 75 minutes.

Amy Athey, PsyD, University of Arizona 
Michael Grandner, PhD, University of Arizona

Sleep health is an important factor in performance. Insufficient and/or poor quality sleep impairs physical performance and mental performance across multiple domains. Over the past several years, studies have increasingly shown the importance of sleep. This presentation will be geared to performance professionals interested in learning more about how sleep works, how it impacts performance, and how to implement strategies for improving sleep. It will be divided into 4 parts: First, the basics of sleep science will be reviewed as they relate to performance-related outcomes. Second, potential mechanisms and contextual factors related to athletes will be discussed. Third, data summarizing strategies for identifying and addressing sleep problems will be presented. Finally, policy and consensus recommendations from organizations such as NCAA and IOC will be reviewed and future directions will be outlined.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basics of how sleep works and how it impacts performance.
  • Understand some mechanisms by which sleep impacts mental and physical performance.
  • Know how to identify problematic sleep patterns.
  • Know how to target and apply basic sleep strategies for performance enhancement.
  • Be aware of policy and consensus recommendations and best practices regarding sleep health in performance.

CE Credit
This program has been approved for 1.25 hours of CE to partially meet the continuing education recertification requirement for Certified Mental Performance Consultants® (CMPC). 

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About the Speakers

Amy B. Athey, PsyD  
Dr. Amy Athey is the Associate Vice Provost/Chief Wellness Officer for the University of Arizona. She is a licensed psychologist and national leader in sport and performance psychology, crisis intervention, and developing nontraditional mental health and wellness programs for organizations. Dr. Athey has worked for over 20 years providing clinical care, crisis intervention, and performance consultation for collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes, coaching staff, medical staff, and administration. She developed clinical and sport psychology service programs for NCAA D-I departments in the ACC, SEC, and PAC-12.  She has consulted with numerous NCAA Champion student-athletes, Olympians and served as the sport psychology consultant for the 2012 Rose Bowl Championship football team. Dr. Athey is also co-founder of the Confidently, Inc., an automated performance mindset coaching program.

Dr. Athey earned a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Loyola College in Maryland and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in university departments of kinesiology and psychology, respectively. She also received her Bachelor in Business Administration from Roanoke College, where she was an All-American basketball player and inducted into the Roanoke College Athletics Hall of Fame. 

Dr. Athey has published research and presented at international and national conferences as a leader in the field of sport and performance psychology. She served as Inaugural PAC-12 Mental Health Task Force Chair and drafted and motioned to the floor the first-ever NCAA Mental Health Legislation, which was unanimously approved.  Dr. Athey also serves on the NCAA Sleep and Wellness Task Force.

Michael Grandner, PhD, MTR
Dr. Grandner is a licensed Clinical Psychologist certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Medicine, Nutritional Sciences, and Clinical Translational Science at the University of Arizona. His clinical work focuses on non-medication treatments for sleep disorders. His research examines the relationship between sleep and obesity, diabetes, heart disease, daytime functioning, and longevity. His work has received awards from the Sleep Research Society, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Heart Association, and other organizations. He is author or co-author on over 175 academic publications. He has served on grant review panels for the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health, both the mental health and sleep and wellness task force for the NCAA, and the mental health consensus committee for the International Olympic Committee. He is a frequent consultant and speaker on the issue of sleep health and has been invited multiple times to the US Congress to discuss the role of sleep in health and functioning. Dr. Grandner’s work has been featured in television, radio, and print media, in over 50 countries.


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