Healthcare, Vol. 11, Pages 1501: Translation and Validation of the Arabic Version of the Athlete Sleep Screening Questionnaire

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Healthcare, Vol. 11, Pages 1501: Translation and Validation of the Arabic Version of the Athlete Sleep Screening Questionnaire

Healthcare doi: 10.3390/healthcare11101501

Authors:
Ahmed S. Alhowimel
Aqeel M. Alenazi
Mohammed M. Alshehri
Bader A. Alqahtani
Abdulaziz Al-Jamaan
Faris Alodaibi
Yasir S. Alshehri
Jonathan Charest

Sleep improves the cognitive and physical performance of athletes. A detailed questionnaire that detects sleep disruptions is required to identify sleep-deprived athletes. This study evaluates the translated Athlete Sleep Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ), a tool suggested by the International Olympic Committee, among Arabic-speaking athletes. The ASSQ was translated into Arabic and examined for floor or ceiling effects, internal consistency, and validity among Arabic-speaking athletes. The Arabic Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) was employed to assess convergent validity. Ninety athletes (28.9% women) participated and completed this study’s questionnaires. The Cronbach’s alpha for the ASSQ-Sleep Difficulty Score (SDS) was 0.435, and that of the ASSQ-chronotype was 0.632. The SDS and chronotype subset of the ASSQ demonstrated excellent test-retest reliability, with intraclass correlation coefficients of 0.84 and 0.938, respectively. The ASSQ-SDS correlated positively with the PSQI (0.734, p = 0.001). The ASSQ-chronotype was inversely associated with the PSQI (p = 0.001). This study’s findings can assist clinicians in assessing sleep disorders in sports. The Arabic version of the ASSQ has satisfactory psychometric qualities and can identify clinically relevant sleep problems in athletes.

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