“It is a decisive theme”, says Luís Santarino, president of the Coimbra Basketball Association (ABC) and “a basis for how work should be in the future”.
In the coming months, the study, led by the senior female athlete from Olivais, Sofia Pinheiro, will try to understand “what are the impacts and consequences that the pandemic had on athletes”. "They were confined, they returned, afterwards, in some cases, they had occasional confinements … We want to understand the consequences both in terms of physical conditioning and mental health: if there is anxiety, depressive symptoms and also the athletes' well-being", explained the official.
The study sample will be young people “from under-14 to under-18”, not only from clubs in Coimbra, but “from the Centro region”.
Laura Lemos, vice-president of Olivais and responsible for the creation of the club's psychology office, says that “the generalized fear of contracting SARS-CoV-2 leads to some distance and even abandonment”. “Another important issue is the social instability that may have affected some families, who are the ones who subsidize the practice. And this can be another reason for abandonment… ”, he admits.
“Are there any differences between those who continue to practice and those who have abandoned? And those who continue, how are your anxiety levels? The relationship of young people with the club, with their teammates, with sport, with the family… how has the pandemic influenced relationships? ”, Are some of the questions they hope to see answered in an online form.
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