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ACSM is fortunate to be the go-to source on sports medicine and exercise science for several national and international media outlets. You can find some of our most recent coverage below, or you can view archived articles.  

NBA Napping Serves Vital Role In Players' Performance

by Jordan Schultz | Mar 07, 2013

It is 3:00 p.m. on a chilly February afternoon in Minneapolis and the Utah Jazz are trying to hang on to the final playoff seed in the Western Conference during a hectic stretch of eight games in 13 days. The Jazz endured a late flight from Salt Lake City following a win over the Thunder. Tip-off with the T-Wolves is just five hours away.

It's nap time.

"I think almost everyone does it," Jazz veteran point guard Earl Watson told The Huffington Post.

The game-day nap is a longstanding NBA tradition among bleary-eyed players during the grueling 82-game season. According to Dr. Margot Putukian, director of sports medicine at Princeton University, the activity may aid the body even more than the players are aware.

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