Potentially prolonged psychological distress from postponed olympic and paralympic games during COVID-19—career uncertainty in elite athletes

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had a significant impact on the world of sports due to periods of home quarantine, bans against public gatherings, travel restrictions, and a large number of postponed or canceled major sporting events. The literature hitherto is sparse, but early indications display signs of psychological impact on elite athletes due to the pandemic. However, beyond acute effects from lockdown and short-term interrupted athletic seasons, the postponed and still uncertain Olympic and Paralympic Games may represent a major career insecurity to many athletes world-wide, and may lead to severe changes to everyday lives and potentially prolonged psychological distress. Given the long-term perspective of these changes, researchers and stakeholders should address mental health and long-term job insecurity in athletes, including a specific focus on those with small financial margins, such as many female athletes, parasports athletes, athletes in smaller sports, and athletes from developing countries. Implications and the need for research are discussed.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Region Skåne
  • FIFPRO (Global Representative for Professional Football Players)
  • Spelarföreningen (National Representative for Football Players)
  • Sveriges Riksidrottsförbundet
  • University of Ottawa
  • Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Tillämpad psykologi
  • Idrottsvetenskap


Antal sidor9
TidskriftInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Utgåva nummer1
StatusPublished - 2021
Peer review utfördJa