chapter  36
10 Pages

It’s nice to go traveling, BUT …

ByPeter C. Terry

Extensive domestic and international travel is a necessity of life for many athletes, particularly those at elite or professional levels. On the one hand, travel opens up exciting opportunities to experience new places, cultures, and people, often providing wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. On the other hand, arduous journeys across multiple time zones are not uncommon and bring with them the challenges of travel fatigue, jet lag, sleep deprivation, and other threats to athletic performance and athlete well-being. Having traveled more than one million miles during the past 25 years in my role as an applied sport psychologist, I have experienced effective and ineffective team travel first hand.