It’s easy to assume that professional athletes at the peak of their physical and mental capabilities are largely immune to the effects of a shutdown, but that’s really not the case. In many ways, they’re more vulnerable than all of us, especially when it comes to mental health.
This year we were supposed to have the Olympic and Paralympic Games, but they were postponed for at least a year. For many athletes, that was the zenith of their professional year – four years of training, sacrifice and work in preparation for the biggest sporting stage on the planet was snatched from them through no fault of their own.
Just imagine that for a second. FOUR YEARS of your life’s effort wasted.
That may sound dramatic, but for lots of people it’s reality. For some athletes it would have been their last realistic chance of success, because age catches up with us all and athletes feel that more acutely. In a world where milliseconds can mean the difference between success and failure, an extra year on the body clock can make a huge difference.
Even for those not competing in the Olympics, they have had to change their plans. Perhaps there was a major race or tournament they were working towards. Perhaps they had a season shut down prematurely. There are a million different circumstances that could have unfolded. Each of them takes a toll on those involved.
So how do you cope in such circumstances?
We have spoken to a few of our athletes to discuss how they have coped with their season being disrupted. We’re going to share their tips in the hope that some of their advice can help you reframe your training and keep your motivation and enthusiasm high. Here’s what they had to offer…