How to Remain Positive While Returning to the Field
Soccer players are living in an anxious time due to the shutdown in sports. COVID-19 has forced soccer players to self-isolate, social distance and self-quarantine.
With the future uncertain, soccer players are itching to get back to normal and start playing again. For these players, soccer is fulfilling, and they play the sport for several reasons:
- The challenges of competing
- The exercise component and staying in shape
- The fun of playing the game
- The social aspects of team
- Tournament play
- Traveling to new places and playing new teams.
Soccer is rewarding, fulfilling and fun. So, it would stand to reason that ALL players want to get back on the field as soon as possible and resume all soccer related activities.
Returning to play is not as simple as it appears. Soccer players are also experiencing a lot of doubt and anxiety as social restrictions are slowly being lifted.
You may love soccer and want to get to playing soon, but you may be hesitant about returning to playing or even panicked about resuming any soccer-related activities.
You may be experiencing a lot of anxiety about resuming play:
- Is it too early to resume soccer?
- Will my parents let me play?
- Will I have to wear a mask during games?
- Will spectators be allowed at games?
- What if one of my teammates has the virus… Will I get infected?
- What if I am asymptomatic and spread the virus to my teammates?
Your concern is justified but dealing with your anxiety is especially important in returning to a “new normal.”
When it is safe to play and you return to action, it is important for you to not overthink all potential risks possible while stepping onto the field. Learning how to relax your body and calm your mind will be beneficial as you transition from pandemic isolation to relative normalcy.
Lionel Messi, forward and captain of FC Barcelona, is excited about playing soccer again and cautious about over-focusing on the possible risk of illness.
MESSI: “There’s a risk of infection everywhere, when you leave your house there’s a risk, so I think we shouldn’t think too much about it because if you do you won’t want to go anywhere. But we must understand that it’s essential we comply with the protocols and follow the prevention measures as much as we can. Returning to training is the first step but we shouldn’t get complacent and we must take all precautions necessary. Personally, I’m looking forward to the competition returning. [Even though] we know it’s going to all be very strange, without anyone in the stands.”
You may be nervous and have doubts getting back on the field, but you don’t want your concerns to become full blown fears.
When the time comes to resume soccer activities; be safe, maintain a positive perspective, work hard, enjoy playing and find someone to talk to if you are having any difficulties.
Resuming Soccer Activities with Confidence
First, it’s normal to have some doubts about your skills when you return–similar to athletes who return to play after injury.
Each day, visualize yourself when you were playing well. Can you see yourself playing great soccer when you return to play. Play a highlight reel in your mind of you best plays last Fall.
Remind yourself that everyone is in the same position as you are–your teammates and competitors have not played for a couple months as well. Your mindset will help you return with confidence.
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