According to the Boston Herald, the Australian swimming team is simulating a schedule similar to what they will do at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which includes late nights and sleep-ins.
The 47 swimmers and 33 support staff and coaches are in camp this week at the Australian Institute of Sport, where they’re simulating the schedule they’ll have to contend with in Rio — heats in the early afternoon, with finals from 10 p.m. until midnight. They’re all wearing sleep and activity watches to collect data for the duration of the camp.
“It is a great opportunity to kick off the season and to get a lot of things sorted from a medical point of view and nutrition,” Australia’s head coach Jacco Verhaeren said Tuesday. “A great focus here is sleep and recovery strategies so we are prepared for Rio.”
Swimming Australia said Shona Halson, the head of recovery at the AIS, will analyze the data and develop strategies that maximize sleep, recovery and performance without the need for medication.