Home field advantage isn't just about friendly fans. Athletes flying from one coast to the other have to deal with a variety of issues that can negatively impact their performance. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine offers some insight into the effects of traveling great distances to the game.
In addition to the jet lag that can set in after crossing multiple time zones, airport restrictions can disrupt your diet program between airports. There's also a possibility that sleep deprivation might throw off your body's internal clock, known as the circadian rhythm. Plan ahead for any competition that takes you far away from home by packing foods and supplements that will pass through airport security, and making sure to get enough sleep to arrive fresh and ready to play.