Compared to the physical level, the player's mental health is a more complex issue. In such a period of uncertainty, anxiety and isolation, how can clubs improve the happiness or mental health of their players? Next, this article will start from players, club staff, consultants,
Obviously, what each club is most concerned about is the mental health of the regular players of the first team. When the epidemic crisis occurred,
"We are most worried about the foreign players. Some of them live alone and have no local network except for the club," said a behind-the-scenes staff of a club in Europe's top league. "I am not a trainer. Well-known psychologist, but I know the players well, because I am always by their side, so I can know when they are in a good mood and when they are not happy. Once I know that they are in a state of psychological struggle, I will do my best Do whatever you can to help them, or try to cheer them up-things like sending messages or chatting on the phone may not be difficult."
"Before the outbreak, I often stayed with some players. We might watch movies or play games together. Obviously, this is impossible now," the employee continued. The role of the club will be biased towards logistics work, but I feel more like a social worker. This is great, I like to be with the boys, it brings me a lot of joy. Of course, if the player’s mental problems are really If it is serious, I will notify our team doctor to come over."
In this special period when the restrictions on outing activities are becoming stricter and the government recommends self-isolation, the travel policies of various clubs are very different. Some clubs are happy to let foreign players return to their home countries, and it is best to wait until the epidemic crisis has passed before returning; other clubs worry that the team's personnel will be affected after the league restarts. Therefore, they require foreign players to stay in the apartment where the club is located.
All foreign players mentioned two key issues when interviewed.
"Of course, contact via video communication and telephone is helpful, but it is still unpleasant to think about what happens when a friend or family member is infected," said one of the foreign players. "If someone gets sick or even Worse, can I be allowed to go home?"
Regarding the help from the club, the player added: “There are no procedural measures to track our mental state. However, several people in the club told me that if I need help, I can call at any time. Give it to them. In addition, we also have players’ WhatsApp groups where there are always people willing to chat or send messages. Ironically, although some of us have not seen each other for weeks, the psychological distance has become even greater It's near."
Sports science professor Geir Jordet (Geir Jordet) provides professional football players with related services of psychological counseling on athletic performance. Long before the outbreak of the new crown epidemic, some players have established long-term cooperative relationships with Professor Jordt. During the epidemic, he was still remotely mentoring about 12 players scattered across Europe from his office in Oslo, the capital of Norway. As a non-staff counselor for the club's psychological problems, he got the opportunity to observe and compare the psychological changes of professional players at close range.
"On the one hand, in the most progressive and forward-looking clubs, the players are taken care of by internal support staff; on the contrary, in those clubs that do not have a suitable psychological guidance system, some of the psychological problems of the players become more obvious. Up."
It may take some time for the players to return to their normal lives as professional athletes. However, if some physical exercise activities are used in advance to divert the attention of the players, it will not only help the players maintain the competitive state, but also help them to prepare and recover their physical functions in advance.
In view of the current special situation, Jodet has also made corresponding adjustments to his psychological counseling work methods.
Just like a ray of sunshine at the end of the tunnel, German clubs have gradually resumed organized training, which brings hope to players in other European leagues.
This player is more than 30 years old, and his experience represents to a considerable extent the reality of football veterans:
"I have always known that the end of my career will eventually come, but I never thought it would be due to the global virus pandemic! So, I thought it would be a gradual process of fading out, but now it may suddenly become some kind of forced Things to me. This is not what I want to say to the club. I treat this as a private matter. Instead, I choose to confide this to my friends and family."
FIFpro Secretary-General Bell Hoffman said: “We have many young players living alone outside of their home countries. In these countries they often lack the care and support from their families.
When analyzing the psychological problems of players, FIFpro said that players usually only focus on their profession, and when there is no game to consider, they will feel empty. Therefore, they also gave the official version of the suggestion to help players through the psychological difficulties-"Keep your mind sharp". A healthy lifestyle and regular sleep, keeping in touch with the outside world through social media, establishing a new routine life, and relaxing through music or watching TV are all included in this recommendation.
It’s worth mentioning that Bell Hoffman also
When the world is generally facing huge uncertainty and people's original daily life tends to collapse, football players and other sports professionals are facing additional pressure. The length of their careers is shorter than that of ordinary people. Faced with the constant passing of time, doing nothing at home will make their mentality more depressed, anxious or manic. In severe cases, they may even tend to commit suicide. .
According to a report in the "Daily Chronicle" at the end of March, the mental health charity Back Oneside has helped four Scottish players get rid of suicide. "The players are worried that they will not get paid, which will affect mortgages, car payments, and will affect people's thinking.
根据三月底在《每日纪事》中的一份报告，精神健康慈善机构Back Oneside帮助四名苏格兰球员摆脱了自杀。 “球员担心他们不会得到报酬，这将影响抵押贷款，汽车付款，并影响人们的思维。
During the suspension of the league, the potential impact of the epidemic on the mental health of players cannot be ignored. I hope that more and more clubs and players will realize this.