When it comes to the University of Oregon athletics, it always seems that they are getting something newer or better than any other college in the nation. Whether it’s jerseys, equipment or facilities, the Ducks are always ahead of the pack. The latest cutting-edge facility in Eugene, Oregon is the $19 million Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center, and it features sleeping pods for players.
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The goal for this new facility is to combine sports performance, sports science, sports medicine and technology. It will be located on the ground floor of the Casanova Center.
The area seems to be space-themed by small lights that mimic stars, and the pods give it a futuristic intergalactic look. The pods are beige and can completely close around a person to protect their privacy while napping.
Sure, that looks awesome, but what’s the point?
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Athletes need more sleep than the average person. To maintain their performance levels, athletes need to take a nap or two throughout the day. According to Dr. Charles Czeisler, director of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, players who get nine hours of sleep are more likely to have better reaction times, remember plays better and maintain their health longer than those who get less sleep.
So, if any Oregon athlete has time before a game or practice, he or she can snooze in a fashionable sleeping pod to get an extra burst of energy later.
To see more of the new Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center, go here.
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