Open J Psychiatry Allied Sci. 2021;12:3-6. doi: 10.5958/2394-2061.2021.00008.2. Epub 2020 Aug 7.

Psychological ramifications of detraining effects in sportspersons amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: a consensus compendium.

Kizhakkekara JS, Joseph SJ, Gowda GS.


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused a negative impact globally, affecting various domains of life, including the fields of outdoor sports and athletic activities. The postponement or cancellation of outdoor sports and athletic activities has resulted in detraining effects in sportspersons. These detraining effects may result in a myriad of effects on physical health, mental health, and also, cause loss of opportunities, financial concerns, and disruption in non-sporting activities. This review article highlights the possible detraining effects, psychological consequences on sportspersons, and certain interventions which may help in mitigation of these effects during the pandemic and in its aftermath.


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