Professional Athletes’ Well-Being: New Challenges in Post-COVID-19 Times

Ran Assa, Abira Reizer

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The COVID-19 period was characterized as a traumatic period throughout the world. During the pandemic, sports organizations had to adapt to government rules and social distancing measures frequently and faced a challenging and complex period in keeping their athletes on a normal routine. Many athletes faced uncertainty regarding their present and future competitive context and personal worries, similar to society during the pandemic. Consequently, adverse effects on the mental health and well-being of athletes were reported in individual and team sports. This review seeks to explore the perceived impact of COVID-19 on athletes’ well-being and future considerations. This review suggests professional athletes’ well-being should receive more attention and will be addressed in the future for the benefit of the athletes and not just in favor of performance. Moreover, the emphasis on evidence-based psychological support such as stress management and athletes’ well-being in a high-performance sport context should increase. The post-COVID-19 period highlights the importance of broadening athletic identity into a more holistic scope that includes life–performance balance and personal values outside the sporting context. Lastly, developing and fostering resilience is complex yet fundamental for systems, when considering athletes’ personal context and providing them with professional skills outside of their professional domain.

Original languageEnglish
Article number831
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2023


  • COVID-19
  • identity
  • psychological support
  • resilience
  • well-being


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