More Footballers Reporting Depression Symptoms During Lockdown

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The Global player’s union FIFPRO has come up stating that there has been a sharp rise in the number of players, who are reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression since the sporting world was put on hold due to the Novel Coronavirus ‘COVID-19’ outbreak.

FIFPRO has said in a report that 22% of female players and 13% of male players who took part in a survey reported symptoms “consistent with a diagnosis of depression” such as lack of self-esteem, lack of energy, lack of appetite and also lack of interest.

FIFPRO also stated that it’s 18% of female players and 16% of male players reported symptoms of generalised anxiety such as some kind of worry or tension. And there are some with both sets of symptoms reported in 11% of women players and 7.5% of men players.

FIFPRO’s chief medical officer Vincent Gouttebarge said, “In football, suddenly young men and women athletes are having to cope with social isolation, a suspension of their working lives and doubts about their future.”

“It is a time of huge uncertainty for the players and their families due to the insecurity of their future and the social isolation,” he added.

FIFPRO’s General Secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann also stated that they were not trying to make a special case for footballers.

“We are very conscious that this is a reflection of a problem in broader society than and there is no suggestion that it is more severe for our members,” said Baer-Hoffmann.

“Footballers are more similar to average society than most people think, and that is simply because of the misconceptions about how players live,” he added.

He reiterated that many footballers lived a precarious financial existence at the best of times.

“The average contract length is under two years and the average income is close to that of the general public,” he said. “Many are incredibly dependent on their footballing skills and are not prepared for what would come after.”

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