From winners to worriers: isolated athletes face mental health risksMichael Phelps is one of several athletes who have suffered from depressionHONG KONG - Fear, stress and money worries: coronavirus lockdown is hard for anyone, but athletes are facing extra mental health risks as they go from highly active lifestyles to isolation and boredom, experts warn. Concerns have also been raised about Australia's swimmers and cricketers, after athletes in both sports suffered well-documented psychological problems in the past. "The mental health thing, we talked about it in a conference call this week," said Australian men's cricket coach Justin Langer. "The high-level, high-profile professional athletes can handle this loss of income but there are a lot of athletes on the fringe," she said. She recommended athletes stick to routines, focus on what can be controlled and use their extra time for a hobby or online training to maintain their mental health.
Source: Bangkok Post March 31, 2020 06:45 UTC