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"PSL players probably Stressing "

As we all are cooped up due to circumstances out of our control. Keeping busy is essential. The amount of stress among footballers could actual be very high at this moment. They are concerned about whether are not they will ever go back to training and start playing football again. The next thing would be their contracts. Remember some of their contracts are coming to an end in June and they haven’t negotiated new deals as yet.

The next issue hitting them would be the lack of training resources for players to keep fit. It will heap more misery and make the lockdown period even harder to bear. It could affect the players mentally which could potentially lead to depression. A lot is on the line.

These issues are real and can begin to generate more as time elapses. It’s really unavoidable. Put yourself in the shoes of a player that has been struggling to get game time, injuries prone perhaps, contract coming to an end and hasn’t sat down to discuss a new contract. Imagine those who are in rehab and their teams have given them programmes. Some might not have the facilities at home to carry out their schedules. So this whole thing has brought a lot of challenges in terms of how players are managed, motivated and treated.

Chances are the season will not be completed before the end of June. The levels of anxiety and stress among footballers will rise given that some of their contracts will be ending in June.

Are they going to extend the contracts by another month or two, especially for those contracts that were supposed to finish by the end of June? Will the PSL make such a timely decision? These are real issues together with the players mental constraints.

Team doctors and sports psychologists will have to step up to keep the guys sane by speaking to them and checking in on how they are doing. The situation is affecting every South African so therefore all basis should be covered. Mental illnesses are real. And need to be addressed with the same swiftness as if the footballer was physically injured.

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