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

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

Reds continue to target Lallana

first_img Press Association Sport understands discussions are ongoing with the Saints over the possibility of a move but they are not yet close to agreeing a fee and no conclusion is likely in the near future. The Reds, who are also interested in Lallana’s team-mate Dejan Lovren, are keen to take the 26-year-old England international to Anfield but are considering alternatives should they reach a sticking point. Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana remains a priority summer signing for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers but progress on any deal has been slow. Closer to home Liverpool have also reached an impasse with Glen Johnson over an extension to his contract as the defender approaches the final year of his current deal. It is understood the right-back, who turns 30 in August, has been offered the opportunity to stay for an additional 12 months but the England international is looking for a longer-term contract. Johnson is one of the highest earners in the squad and the club do not want to commit significant finances to a lengthier deal and are content to allow his contract to run down should no agreement by reached. There is no likelihood, however, that fellow England full-back Ashley Cole will be linking up with his international team-mate at Anfield after the 33-year-old admitted on Monday he is unlikely to stay at Chelsea following the expiration of his contract and is considering his options. Liverpool have an interest in Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm to provide competition for Simon Mignolet while they are also tracking Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany Under-21 midfielder Emre Can, although any approach is complicated by the buy-back clause held by former club Bayern Munich. The club are putting the final touches to Rodgers’ own contract, however, after the Northern Irishman said he would sign a new, improved deal once the season was over having guided the club to second in the Premier League. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

WATCH VIDEO: Violent Carjacking in Palm City

first_imgJean appeared before judge in Martin County on Tuesday facing two counts of kidnapping, one count of armed robbery and one count of carjacking with a deadly weapon. A family is violently carjacked at a Palm City gas station and a motorcyclist stops to help.Justin Laoretti had pulled his motorcycle over to the side of the road and saw the two victims, but had no idea they were carjacking victims.Laoretti was able to calm down the grandmother and her infant grandchild after 21-year-old Jaquay Jean allegedlt forced the two out of the car.Jean is accused of carjacking the vehicle at a Mobil gas station in Palm City, throwing the female driver out of the car and taking off with the grandmother and young boy still in the vehicle. Deputies locate 2 men connected in armed carjacking in Palm City https://t.co/5a537QTk94 @CBS12— Al Pefley (@AlPefley) October 16, 2017last_img read more

Lofa Major Highway in Deplorable Condition

first_imgThe Voinjama, Kolahun and Foya road corridors are in very deplorable condition as the raining season reaches its peak, commuters have said.Reports from the three administrative districts speak of businesspeople, farmers encountering serious difficulties to travel on the road in Lofa County.Reports also revealed the presence of large potholes in various parts of the road.Travelers and farmers have reported that the extensive use of the road by bigger commercial trucks has contributed to the poor road condition.They said the regular seven hours travel time from Monrovia to Voinjama City now takes nearly 12 hours by commercial vehicles.“It took us nearly 12 hours from Foya to Monrovia and most of our produce got rotten due to the prolonged drive from our farm areas in Lofa County,” a farmer said.As a result, commercial drivers have begun to hike transportation fares to and from the affected areas in Lofa County, travelers said.Interviews conducted with farmers on Monday and Tuesday at the Red-light market in Paynesville exposed the need for an urgent attention to fix the affected roads in Lofa County.Businessman Moses B. Mulbah, 55, told the Daily Observer Tuesday that majority of his profit margin was used to transport his goods.“The trip cost me a lot of money because the transportation fares have gone high up to reach Monrovia,” Mulbah said.Cocoa and Coffee farmer Kollie B. Yonkedeh, 50, said too much money was spent to transport the few bags of the processed coffee and cocoa to Monrovia.“I’m now constrained to seek the sale of my produce to the nearest markets of Guinea-Conakry and Sierra Leone,” farmer Yonkedeh lamented.Peanut and bitter balls producer Kebbeh G. Karzaku, 45, said she is not happy because of the high cost of transportation.“Out of the eight bags of the peanut and bitter balls that I brought to Monrovia, five bags got rotten on the highway,” Madam Karzaku said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more