PHYSICAL AND MENTAL TECHNIQUES OF RECOVERY: A SURVEY IN FRENCH ELITE SOARING PILOTS
Keywords:Coaching, Training and Safety
AbstractThe physical and mental techniques of recovery of French soaring pilots, during sustained contest or training sessions, have been investigated. The performance of soaring pilots seems to be often affected by the physiological and psychological stresses associated with sustained activity, fatigue and sleep loss. Our research reports describe decrements in sustained soaring performance, especially after one or several nights with sleep disturbances, in worsened decision time and control of fine movements, and perceptual and cognitive distortions.The aim of this paper is to present one of the several inquiries conducted in our laboratory since 1989 within a large research program.
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