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Mental health and well-being during COVID-19 lockdown: A survey case report of high-level male and female players of an Italian Serie A football club
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health and Sport.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8987-5975
Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK.
Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK.
Performance Department, AS Roma Football Club, Roma, Italy.
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2021 (English)In: Science and medicine in football, ISSN 2473-3938, E-ISSN 2473-4446, Vol. 5, no sup1, p. 70-75Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: To describe high-level footballers’ levels and changes in mental health and well-being throughout a 8-week period of lockdown and restricted training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Method: One-hundred and one players belonging to four teams (women's and men's, first and U19 teams) of the same Italian Serie A club participated in the study. Data were collected through an online questionnaire, and administered at 2, 3, 5, 7 and 9 weeks after the start of the lockdown . Well-being, positive and negative affects measurements were examined.

Results: Across the five measures, 36% of players reported clinical levels in depressive symptoms (scores ≤50) on at least one occasion. Thirteen percent of the players reported clinical levels on > 50% of the occasions. There was a decrease in depressive symptoms and negative affects over the period. No change was found in positive affects.

Conclusions: High number of players reportedclinical levels of depressive symptoms compared to what was found previously in high-level athletes. The number decrease during the 8-week period. A similar trend was found for negative affects.Despite a higher prevalence in depressive symptoms earlier during lockdown, this improved as players progressed towards fewer restrictions. © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. 

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Oxfordshire: Taylor & Francis Group, 2021. Vol. 5, no sup1, p. 70-75
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Covid-19 lockdown, elite athletes, psychological health and well-being
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Psychology Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-45448DOI: 10.1080/24733938.2021.1962540ISI: 000688050600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85113308740OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-45448DiVA, id: diva2:1588043
Available from: 2021-08-26 Created: 2021-08-26 Last updated: 2022-01-31Bibliographically approved

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