Commentary – social isolation and loneliness in elite athletes during a pandemic

Paul Gorczynski, Cindy Miller Aron

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The pandemic has raised important questions about the mental health services available to elite athletes and how such services should be delivered. Additionally, it has raised questions about how social isolation and loneliness can be better understood and addressed for this population. In the current pandemic, some athletes have spoken out about the disruptions they have faced in their careers. Some athletes have stated that they are isolated and feel lonely, which has impacted their mental health. Despite the significance of social isolation and loneliness as determinants of physical and mental health, both of these topics have received little research attention outside of qualitative and narrative explorations of retirement from elite sport. Suggestions for research and practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-61
Number of pages4
JournalRevista Argentina de Clinica Psicologica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2020


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