The Effect of Seasons Being Cancelled for University Athletes

Countless hours of training from sun up to sundown; and what do college athletes have to show? Due to the circumstances of the pandemic college athletes are still working hard but have nothing to show for it due to the results of the pandemic. Training for hours a day to not compete has affected the athletes in many ways such as their health, mental well- being and performance.

Rugby game between St. Francis Xavier University (blue and white) vs Acadia University (red and blue) in 2019 (Source: USPORT)

All seasons or specific programs have been cut on behalf of health officials and government protocols due to COVID-19. This has been an emotional rollercoaster for athletes as they are staying alert, concerned about their career, or even worried if everything will ever go back to normal. For the past two seasons, college athletes have experienced mental distress, which causes them to have sleep difficulties, and depression which is making it difficult to function every day.  These sports are what motivates them and help alleviate any pressure/stress they may be under. It is becoming difficult for some athletes to cope through this pandemic and still handle the pressure of college life. 

ChelseB

Featured image: EMPTY SEATS are not the norm AS COLLEGE SPORTING EVENTS have BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE RISING CONCERN OF COVID-19 ( SOURCE: YOUTH 1)

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