The emergence of a pandemic:

Professional sports around the world were in preparation and scheduling of its performance during mid-March 2020. As a business, games took an immediate turn with the inability of athletes and imminent closure, and the failure of managers, coaches, and the mental performance of the consultants in continuing their onsite roles present in the teams. Our contributors were indulged in making the action plans to meet the closure of the training settings and were communicating the delicate plan of closure to staff and players who already knew that the games were trending to a stoppage along with the people working away from their families serving clients with safety and health travel guidelines because they made some arrangements to come back to their homes residences.

A crisis transition or the ripple effect of an abrupt stoppage is known to leave the coaches and the athletes with emotional and psychological challenges. There are increased cases in suicide, domestic violence, and bigotry at a population level, where athletes are included. With social isolation, one highly publicized challenge, we come to know that each player is different in his or her engagement. Although problems with social distancing are encountered in the nationwide and have been written within the cultural sports psychology that identifies certain variations in individual and collective approaches across and within the different cultures. Several nationalities and cultures are formal when it comes to socially accepted distance, where people maintain excessive distance other than close family members; the range may be of six feet.

Based on what we know from identifying the athlete and its research and practices with practical exposures, amateur, high-performance athletes, and professionals alike emphasize their athletic identities. There are individual differences in professional sports.

Current interventions: 

We have needed to make and organic approach because there is a consensus between the authors that are working effectively with the clients. The only question everyone has asked from the players is what kind of support they are looking for during this pandemic crisis. Some of them in the starting were uncertain as to how to respond to such an open-ended approach, wrapped up in a precarious circumstance- COVID-19. These players are at their homes now and not among their fellow players; however, they need to feel that are they are trending effectively as in their athletic career. There are specific approaches for a follow up which have been integrated into the work out of which some of them are holistic and some sport-specific. These strategies have been applied via online means, including regular use of video platforms along with chat discussions and forums with teams and individuals.

The path forward:

There is an unseen inspiration in words, which the players, coaching staff, and the consultants of mental health and performance have gone through COVID-19. For the betterment of sports as a part of life, we find ourselves working positively.