A doctor working with the British Olympic Association has advised athletes to avoid playing games before sport, as it adversely affects their sleep patterns.

Writing on his blog, Dr. Marco Cardinale has four suggestions for those who enjoy their games as much as their athletic activity:

1) If your are travelling to train and compete and are crossing time zones, avoid using your laptop, DVD player, Ipod and similar tools and video games devices during the night. Get back to sleep!

2) If you are training and or competing the following day, avoid all of the above the night before such activities (training and competing) take place

3) Recovery time is meant to be for rest and piece. You don't want to play street fighter with your best mate and have your blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol levels go sky high because you lose!

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4) There is a time and place and most of all a duration for your gaming and computing activities, make sure you don't negatively affect your performance because of that!

Man's got a point. Athletes need sleep, video games get your heart rate up, and when that happens you can't sleep. So athletes...try a good book instead. Maybe a book about video games?

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Playing videogames and social networking….good news or bad news for sports people? [Sport & Fitness Science, via GamePolitics]