The COVID-19 pandemic and Olympic/Paralympic athletes’ developmental challenges and possibilities in times of a global crisis-transition

Natalia B. Stambulova*, Robert J. Schinke, David Lavallee, Paul Wylleman

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Abstract

Our aim in this invited commentary is to stimulate discussion among sport psychology researchers and practitioners regarding the unique developmental challenges and possibilities that Olympic and Paralympic athletes are undergoing during their final – extended year of the Tokyo 2020 quadrenium. We begin the commentary with COVID-19 pandemic (C-19) context setting, proceed with discussing transitional and holistic perspectives on athletes’ Olympic/Paralympic journey, outline three potential pathway scenarios and “C-19 as a possibility-provider” coping (meta-) scenario for Olympic/Paralympic athletes, and finalise our commentary with a summary of messages intended to invite further discussion and collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Early online date28 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Aug 2020

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