With the outbreak of the coronavirus around the world, and international soccer competitions stopping, the videos of soccer stars training at home have become the only way stars appear to their fans and lovers around the world.
The lives of the stars who dazzled the world were completely stopped and became temporarily worthless due to a virus that did not identify a star that achieved six golden balls and an ordinary employee in a government department.
And until tens of thousands return to gather in the famous stadiums, and chant to encourage their stars once again, football players will have to stay at home and wait for the unknown future.
And with the loss of the weekly feeling of enjoyment by millions around the world, through matches, soccer stars may suffer from physical and psychological problems, the effects of which may last after the current crisis.
According to Brighton coach, Graham Potter, “one or two players” on his team are suffering from a lack of sleep, due to the great concern of the events taking place in the world, according to the site “CNN”.
“Postponing competitions, canceling the training, and most times, isolating players can lead to psychological problems,” doctor Craig Duncan, a human performance strategist who currently supports professional soccer players in Australia, told CNN.
He added: “Football players have a strict daily, weekly and seasonal routine. This schedule determines any time for sleeping, eating, and training, so at the current stage, there are significant changes. Daily contact in the team environment is very important, as is the case anywhere for work”.
As for the first lecturer in psychology at Sheffield Hallam University, Dr. Peter Olusuga, he said, “Focusing on returning to the stadiums is not the best way to deal with an endless crisis on the horizon … For players, this will add to more anxiety.”
Olusuga indicated that there is a natural tendency around thinking about the future, and worrying about whether the player will be physically ready to return and if he will retain the talent and performance power.
The psychologist said: “In sports, you must have certain goals, and things you want to achieve, but what you must do now continue to focus on the current moment. If you focus too much on the next results, you will not attend what is important now – which is the training session that You do, and the little things you can do to make improvements. “
Dr. Olusuga says that players should treat the current situation as a new challenge they must overcome, just like injury, rather than treat it as a disaster.
On the other hand, obstacles other than exercise are a problem for some players, who are used to the routine club system.
“Not only do players have to learn to train on their own, but they have to think about nutrition, and in some cases, learn to cook,” says William Rose, fitness coach at Wimbledon.
Rose tries to make sure the young players remain in good mental and physical health but admits there are difficulties.
While some players live in homes outside the city, Rose says several others live in apartment blocks in central London.
The narrow space is a problem for young players, who are trying to develop physically, as well as technically.
“When they tell you you have to stay home, while you’re an athlete used to running 30 kilometers a week, it becomes very scary,” Rose says.
“You turn them from a physical point of view to get ready to play again, but you also motivate them mentally to make sure they don’t go crazy,” he says.