From winners to worriers: isolated athletes face mental health risks

first_img‘I’m struggling’ The athletes currently out of action include thousands of would-be Olympians, many of whom have put careers on hold to chase medal dreams but now face extra disruption after the Tokyo 2020 Games were postponed for a year.”I would be lying if I said I was all right. Just like most people I’m struggling in my own ways,” Olympics-bound American weightlifter Kate Nye, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, told America’s WOODTV.com.Concerns have also been raised about Australia’s swimmers and cricketers, after athletes in both sports suffered well-documented psychological problems in the past.”The mental health thing, we talked about it in a conference call this week,” said Australian men’s cricket coach Justin Langer.”Particularly for any of our staff or players who are home alone basically. We have to keep an eye on those guys and girls to make sure they’re OK.”Broderick, who was deputy medical director for Australia’s 2016 Olympics team, and sits on an advisory panel for the National Rugby League, said the effects of isolation can be felt more acutely by athletes.”They have all the same psychological issues that everyone does but also the stress and anxiety about their futures that they cannot easily control,” she said.”They don’t know what the next stage is going to be or how long they’re going to have to quarantine or isolate for.”Many sports bodies have reacted by offering support to athletes. However, some sports are making cuts to avoid going bust, reducing their ability to help.Substance abuse, such as drinking or using drugs, is one telltale sign of problems, Broderick said.”Stress and anxiety can manifest in substance abuse. That’s what I’d look out for, if they’re using alcohol as a support,” she said.”There has certainly been some anxiety,” added Broderick, who said Australia’s tennis players receive regular communications and can call on medical support.”The high-level, high-profile professional athletes can handle this loss of income but there are a lot of athletes on the fringe,” she said.”If you have a few months of loss of activity there’s a significant loss of income as well.”She recommended athletes stick to routines, focus on what can be controlled and use their extra time for a hobby or online training to maintain their mental health. Even before the virus, a steady stream of people involved in sports — often an insecure and high-stress profession — have wrestled with depression, from Williams to Olympic swimming great Michael Phelps, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, boxer Mike Tyson and All Blacks rugby player John Kirwan. But the impact of the current pandemic is unprecedented, with athletes sidelined worldwide after COVID-19 forced most sports into hibernation and put billions of people in lockdown.Those affected range from well-paid superstars such as tennis’s Serena Williams, who has suffered from depression in the past, to journeyman pros and Olympic hopefuls whose lives have been thrown into turmoil.Williams, 38, who only needs one more Grand Slam title to equal the all-time record of 24, admitted that social distancing because of coronavirus had left her feeling “a ton of stress”.”Every little thing makes me crazy. And by anxiety I mean I’m just on edge. Any time anyone sneezes around me or coughs I get crazy,” she said on TikTok. Topics : Fear, stress and money worries: coronavirus lockdown is hard for anyone, but athletes are facing extra mental health risks as they go from highly active lifestyles to isolation and boredom, experts warn.While some housebound athletes have posted upbeat videos of themselves training or attempting internet challenges such as juggling toilet rolls, the stress caused by the extreme adjustment and uncertain future looks likely to take its toll.Long-term effects on athletes after the SARS and swine flu outbreaks included anxiety, obsessive hand-washing and fear of getting too close to people, Carolyn Broderick, Tennis Australia’s chief medical officer, told AFP.last_img read more

Arsenal are yet to have talks over Layvin Kurzawa, says PSG sporting director Leonardo

first_img Comment Arsenal are yet to have talks over Layvin Kurzawa, says PSG sporting director Leonardo Advertisement A Layvin Kurzawa move to Arsenal does not look imminent (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain have not held any talks over the future of Layvin Kurzawa, according to PSG sporting director Leonardo.The Gunners were thought to have made contact over the left-back as they look to find cover for Kieran Tierney, who has struggled with injury since his summer arrival from Celtic.Kurzawa is out of contract at the end of the season at PSG and Arsenal see him as an affordable option in January to fill the void left by the Scot.However, Leonardo appears to have quelled those hopes for now, saying that a move is a long way from happening.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘For the moment we have not had any discussions with Arsenal for Layvin Kurzawa,’ Leonardo told French publication RMC.The 27-year-old full-back has not been a regular in the PSG team this season, but he has made a number of appearances, most recently starting the Coupe de France win over Lorient on Sunday.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityManager Thomas Tuchel spoke ahead of that game of his desire to keep hold of the France international as key back-up to first choice left-back Juan Bernat.‘I haven’t spoken with Layvin or anyone else about his departure this winter,’ said the PSG boss.‘Layvin is number two behind [Juan] Bernat in the left-back position.‘We need him and Layvin will play [Sunday] against Lorient. He has played well recently.’Kurzawa played the full 90 minutes as PSG edged a 1-0 win at Lorient, although he has only started six Ligue 1 games this campaign.There is the possibility that Arsenal will look to snap up the left-back for free over the summer, agreeing a deal this month, but only seeing him arrive in July.However, that will not cure their injury problems now, leaving Sead Kolasinac to continue to deputise for the injured Tierney.MORE: Alexandre Lacazette tells ‘naive’ Arsenal teammates they need to be ‘nastier’ after Sheffield United drawMORE: Frank Lampard has told Chelsea to take their anger out on Arsenal, says Tammy Abrahamcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 20 Jan 2020 8:17 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link357Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Diversified fund market to double after spike in DB inflows

first_img“£10 billion flowed from this source in 2013, off a previous estimated base of only £30 billion.”The popularity of DGFs among the DB schemes is set to grow, as inlflows get close to £80bn by 2019, according to SpenceJohnson’s projections. DC schemes are expecetd to be allocating £20bn, up from £6.6bn currently.Much of the increase comes with an implicit requirement for DGFs to provide investors with more alpha, rather than static allocations.“The ‘diversified beta’ portion of a DGF is becoming less valued,” SpenceJohnson said.“This is combined with the emergence of risk factor investing where these sources of beta can be more accurately targeted using smart beta funds.“We believe that there will be an increasing onus in selection on exposure to market returns within DGFs being cost effective.“This will sit alongside DGF managers needing to be more explicit about how they provide alpha.”The current market is dominated by institutional allocations, with a share of 78%, according to estimates that include an educated guess of non-UK allocations coming from pension funds abroad.Dynamic DGFs also dominated the £97bn market, attracting over 60% of assets.Popularity of the dynamic strategy is underpinned by its preference among DB investors who allocate 70% of their own assets to the strategy.Average allocation within DGFs saw equity allocation reach just over 40%, with alternatives creeping over 20%.The data showed fluctuating allocations over the previous years, with the use of equities ranging from over 50% in 2009, to as low as 30% in 2011, before stabalising.Funds had shifted away from alternatives in the last year but placed greater emphasis on cash, with bond allocations also falling.Within the 27 funds analysed, allocations varied dramatically, with equity holdings ranging from well over 60% to as low as 15%.Similarly, the use of cash, and alternatives, also varied depending on the manager, and the targets set by fund.Alternative allocations went as high as 75% in one fund, compared to others that had less than 5% invested in the classes.Within equity portfolios, average allocations to UK equities hit 6% and emerging market equities 4%.The firm also predicted emerging markets would soon account of 15% of DGF allocations.“We believe this to be the case for two reasons. Firstly, the broader trend within UK pensions to diversify away from UK equities. Secondly, the increasingly international investor profile of the DGF market,” the report said.Within alternatives, real estate was still the most common, followed by commodities and absolute return investments. Adoption of diversified growth funds (DGF) by UK defined benefit (DB) schemes was underestimated, after 2013 witnessed £10bn of inflows, new research shows.Data, from market intelligence provider SpenceJohnson, showed the entire DGF market may reach £201bn by the end of 2018, up from £97bn at the end of 2013.It grew £22bn over 2013, with nearly half of all inflows coming from UK DB schemes.“The speed of adoption by DB schemes witnessed in 2013 was much faster and more significant that expected,” the report said.last_img read more

Liverpool star Mane donates £41,000 to fight coronavirus

first_img Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledge Also in 2018, a video went viral on social media showing the Liverpool superstar cleaning toilets at a mosque in Liverpool. The Senegalese forward is currently training from home as a precautionary measure against the spread of the virus. Jurgen Klopp’s men are 25 points clear at the top and need just two wins to secure their first Premier League title, but no more fixtures will be played until at least early April due to the coronavirus pandemic. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Senegal has reached 27, but this figure is continuing to increase, with flights to and from France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Algeria, and Tunisia now suspended. Mane’s agent shared a twitter video of the Liverpool forward urging his Senegalese compatriots to take the virus ‘extremely seriously’ and also to wash and disinfect their hands to prevent the virus from spreading. The agent revealed that Mane decided to make the donation ‘spontaneously when he saw the evolution of the situation’. It is not the first time Mane has sent money back to his home country. In 2019, he financed the construction of a mosque, a hospital, a sports stadium and a school worth around £250,000 in his hometown of Bambali as a give-back initiative. He also gave 300 Liverpool shirts to people of Bamballi for the 2018 Champions League final. Bambali is where Mane watched Liverpool‘s famous comeback against AC Milan to win the 2005 Champions League final – at the age of 13. Promoted ContentFans Don’t Know What She Looks Like Now10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?center_img Loading… Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has shown incredible generosity to his native Senegal amid the coronavirus outbreak. Mane The 27-year-old on Tuesday donated £41,000 to Senegalese health authorities fighting coronavirus in his home country.last_img read more

Osgood amends unsafe building code

first_imgOsgood, Ind. — The Osgood town council has amended the unsafe building ordinance. Under the new guidelines, the town council will be able to appoint a person of the Ripley County building inspector for code enforcement.Other changes include a requirement to notify adjoining property owners and clerk-treasurers of towns will be given notice of applications involving property within town limits.last_img

Richards feels the frustration

first_img Richards returned to action in City’s victory over Wigan in midweek after six months on the sidelines with a knee injury. During his arduous road to recovery he has not only seen the outstanding Pablo Zabaleta firmly establish himself as first-choice right-back, but City’s grip on the Barclays Premier League crown has all but been relinquished. The 24-year-old said: “It has definitely been frustrating, especially when you see United top of the league. After last season I thought we would have kicked on and maybe been a bit better, maybe retained it. We haven’t done that but I think next season we will regroup and hopefully we will get it back.” Manchester City defender Micah Richards admits it has been doubly frustrating to sit on the sidelines and watch Manchester United march towards title glory. Richards went down injured in a victory over Swansea last October, which in itself had been just the fourth game of a comeback from an ankle problem. It has been the most testing time for a player who has been beset by niggling problems in the past but he accepts he must now bide his time behind Zabaleta. The City youth product said: “Five-and-a-half, six months – it is quite frustrating to be out so long. When I came back I was playing really well. Now Zaba has been class this season. It is going to be hard to get back in but you know what football is like, one minute you are in and the next you are out. When I am in I am going to have to take my chance.” Richards, after returning to training three weeks ago, came into the side as Zabaleta was rested after the exertions of last week’s derby defeat of United and Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final win over Chelsea. But with an important trip to Tottenham coming up this weekend, Richards expects Zabaleta to be restored as City further look to cement second place. He said: “I think Zaba is going to be back in after the way he has been playing but if I am called upon I will give 100 per cent. Last time after injury I almost tried to rush back. This time I don’t want to rush back. I want to take it steady and when I am called upon try to do a job. “For me it is just getting back, getting some minutes under my belt, just to play 80 minutes was enough for me for now. “I will just keep training, working hard, trying to get fitter and stronger. Hopefully I will get some more games before the end of the season.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ireland slip to Bangladesh defeat

first_imgShakib Al Hasan put in a match-winning performance as Bangladesh saw off Ireland in a World Twenty20 warm-up clash in Fatullah. The all-rounder clubbed 58 from 32 balls as part of Bangladesh’s first-up 179 for three, and then took two for 13 as the Irish were seen off by 44 runs. Bangladesh had been in some trouble at 63 for three when Shakib and captain Mushfiqur Rahim joined each other at the crease, but a partnership of 116 (Rahim 59 from 30) saw them post a healthy total. Ireland opener Ed Joyce scored a run-a-ball 44 and Stuart Thompson contributed 35 lower down the order but Bangladesh were comfortable winners. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Lambert brushes off job pressure

first_img Lambert admitted the fixture list had not been kind and it has given his side a mental battering. “The difference against the top five is that it’s relentless. Physically and mentally, it’s hard against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, you don’t have a rest in there,” he said. “The mental toughness for that is excruciating at times. If you are not getting results it’s hard. “Teams will play to their strengths but we have to be more creative, there are players to do it.” Lambert is without Fabian Delph (shoulder) and Alan Hutton (ankle) while Philippe Senderos (thigh) is also likely to miss out. There could be a recall for Charles N’Zogbia, as Villa search for a goal after 531 barren minutes. “Charles has talent to burn,” Lambert said. “He has that in his make-up and we have to find a role where he can create things. He really is a talent. “He can play wide but he had that spell at Wigan where he played in behind the strikers.” Mauricio Pochettino believes there is more emphasis on him to play Harry Kane because the striker is a young English prospect – but the Tottenham head coach will not bow to supporter pressure. Kane, 21, has scored eight goals for Spurs so far this season but has yet to score in, or start, a Barclays Premier League game under Pochettino. The Tottenham academy product has hit his goals in the Europa League and Capital One Cup but is now champing at the bit to line up against Villa. With the more experienced duo of Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor having scored just two league goals between them it is understandable that Spurs fans want to see their local boy get a chance. But Pochettino, who said on Friday that he is considering starting Kane at Villa Park, is not prepared to say for sure that the England Under-21 striker is going to have a run of league games. “Always,” Pochettino replied when asked if there was more pressure on him to play Kane because of his nationality. “Today if we were in Argentina and he was Argetinian player and playing with two foreign strikers, it would always be a sensitive situation. “He is English, he is young and from the Tottenham academy so it is normal. We understand he is a special player for Tottenham and for our supporters. “I understand because he is an English player. He scored the last game against Brighton and Asteras and I understand he is a special player for our supporters. “My decision is always about my analysis on the training and after to give the balance to the team and our performance. Not only focus on different situations … but I understand and I know that this is a special player for our supporters.” Nabil Bentaleb is the only other injury absentee for the trip to face struggling Villa, with Aaron Lennon in contention despite only playing the opening 45 minutes against Brighton following a hamstring problem. The former Southampton boss has seen his team win just once in their last seven league games, and they lost 2-1 at home to Newcastle last Sunday. Lambert has not had a win to savour since signing a new four-year contract in September but he insisted the criticism does not worry him. “If you look at teams like Tottenham and Liverpool who spend a bit of money the pressure probably intensifies because they were in the top six last year,” Lambert said. “We’ve played nine games and this will be our sixth game against last year’s top six. “You have to come through it. It goes from one manager to the next. If you look at which manager is under pressure it is one guy one week, the next the next and another the following week. Everyone gets a hit at it. “It’s just the way football works – you just have to turn it around. It would be more nail-biting if we had five games to go but we’re 10 games into the season. You’ve got to be able to handle it, it’s two big clubs going head to head. “I have my own way of dealing with things.” Villa lost to Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City before they went down 2-0 at QPR on Monday. Paul Lambert has dismissed the heat on him ahead of Aston Villa’s tussle with Tottenham. The Villa manager is preparing to run the home gauntlet on Sunday after his side lost their last five games without scoring. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is also under pressure from fans because of a stuttering campaign that sees his side mid-table in the Barclays Premier League. Press Associationlast_img read more

American Airlines employee arrested for shoving deputy

first_imgAn American Airlines employee has been arrested after he reportedly shoved a deputy at an airport because he was upset about having his credentials taken away.The incident occurred Saturday in Monroe County.According to the report, 42-year-old Angel Arley Medeiros of Key West was forced to surrender his Secured Identification Display Area badge after he released guest who had already been screened back into an area open to the public.Medeiros reportedly became upset about having to give up his credentials due to the incident and shoved a deputy in a terminal office. The deputy eventually arrested him for his conduct and took him to jail.Medeiros is now facing several charges including battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.last_img read more

Despite numbers, Grotting solid

first_imgU.S. Juniors on thehorizonAs is the case every season, the Badgers will face the potentialfate of losing several players to the U.S. World Junior Championship for sometime in late December and early January.”The way I look at it, if a young man has an opportunity torepresent his country, that is an unbelievable event in the big picture ofthings,” Eaves said. “So I hope for all of them that they have a realisticchance of doing that because it is very special.”Last season, Jamie McBain, Blake Geoffrion and Jack Skille tookpart for team USA, causing them to miss games with Wisconsin.”We went out to Denver last year with a [smaller] lineupand, you know, we played pretty well out there, and I think people will graspthat opportunity and go with it,” Eaves said of last year’s team.When looking at the possibility of having to play withoutsome of his squad, Eaves sees it as a chance for some of the other players onthe roster to step up.”What that does is it opens up opportunities for otherpeople,” Eaves said. “History has proven that, when you’re put in this type ofsituation, that people do respond.” BEN CLASSON/Herald photoWhen asked at his press conference Monday which of hisforwards he thought had been most consistent, Wisconsin head coach Mike Eavesresponded with perhaps a surprising answer: Ben Grotting.Grotting’s numbers haven’t particularly jumped out so farthis season, with just two goals in 11 games. But the things he has done thathaven’t shown up on the stat sheet have impressed Eaves.”In terms of his role and his ability to get things done inthat role, one of the guys that comes to mind is Ben Grotting,” Eaves said. “Ithink that Ben’s strengths lie in the fact that he’s a tremendously powerfulskater, can get there and can create turnovers and create hits with his speed,and I think, for the most part, that he has done that for us.”Eaves said Grotting — who picked up an assist in Saturday’s4-4 tie with Michigan State — needs to be comfortable with the level of playhe’s attained.”If he tries to do any more than that, then he’s going to bein trouble,” Eaves said. “What you try to tell a young man like Ben Grotting isyou need to build on your strengths, be careful of what weaknesses you work outbecause the chances of improving to any great degree are not awesome.” Podge provides energyAlthough Eaves has juggled UW’s top line throughout thebeginning of the season to find a third man to play alongside Kyle Turris andBen Street, he seems happy with the way freshman Podge Turnbull has produced. “If Podge Turnbull can play with that energy and with hisabilities like he did Saturday night, that could be a real good line for us,”Eaves said. “I think the thing that he brought to the table was his energy. Andif he plays with that energy, his skill and such will take over for him.”Despite inconsistent play earlier in the season, Eaves hasnoticed an increase in energy in Turnbull’s game.”The times that he has been ineffective, he’s not playedwith that energy, and as a result, he’s not involved,” Eaves said. “But withthat energy that he had Saturday night, boy, that really gives us a nice look.”Turnbull has now recorded five points on the season andnotched a goal in Friday’s 3-2 loss against Michigan.center_img Huskies on deckThe Badgers travel to St. Cloud, Minn., to take on the St.Cloud State Huskies in a two-game series this weekend. If history is any indicator,the Badgers are destined for success against the Huskies — a team they’ve beatenin their last 11 meetings.”I am surprised by that,” Eaves said of the streak. “I knowthat we have played some decent hockey against them.”Despite their past triumphs over the Huskies, the Badgers willhave their hands full, facing an opponent with a higher ranking.The Huskies were ranked No. 10 in the latest poll, while theBadgers dropped one spot to No. 13 after the weekend.last_img read more