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insulation in the Olympic village, limited contacts, mask obligations and the fear that the lifeline is still burdened by corona contagion or nonstress quarantine
The sports psychologists and sports psychologists are so important in the German team at the pandemic edition of the Olympic Games in Tokyo as never before. "Sure, one is with the normal sports psychological topics, but must also be animator," said Franka Weber, sports psychologist of the German Olympic Sports Association.
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Danger of "Crowding"
There can be the feeling of the narrowness and distress called in psychology "crowding". "Then there can be bad mood," Weber said, senior neuropsychologist in the August beer clinic in Bad Malente Gremsmills. Therefore, plans for the entertainment of the athletes were also made to the evenings. «Play games, group relaxation before going to bed with fantasy iron, so she down a bit," she said.
There will also be cinema evenings. "If it was after me: I have a cupboard full of sports psychology films," Weber said. "I'll certainly take something from taking away, but also a few comedies, lightweight diet for distraction and laughing. Laughter is the best medicine."career fears by Corona
Many German assets have already been in the months of the pandemic and the uncertainty as to whether the Tokyo games are being held or not, psychological help were sought. "I have a sports psychologist, with whom I look at each time again and again. I have the feeling that it helps me, "said the World Clock Fight Max Hartung.
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In the year after the relocation of the summer games, the athletes and athlete career fears, who are worried, to lose their ability to act and reformulate goals. "It's about how she can hold over water," says Weber. Siebenchämpferin Carolin Schäfer formulated it before her corona vaccine, which she had thrown with side effects violently out of the railway, so: "Whoever caught with the situation, physically, but especially Mental, who has the best opportunities in summer."
Your training partner in Mainz, Tenkäbsfer Niklas Kaul, has not consulted in the pandemic ("You can do not care, but I did not do"), but has a personal strategy for the Tokyo stay. "I thought so in that way, no matter what happens there, I have to deal relatively flexibly with it," said the ten-fighting world champion. "The beautiful is, I had preparations before competitions, which went so much worse than now - and yet it worked. Such things have to be recalled. "
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Suspension of Athletic Type
Whether success pressure and failure due to this corona adversity and almost total reduction on its own competition is strengthened according to the type of athlete type. "There are athletes who can handle obstacles and challenges well. Then there are others who have the feeling of breaking it and can not be able to get up again. " To be prepared for the extreme situation, numerous Olympic starters have used the help of sports psychologists to be prepared in Tokyo Mental.
«If you have overcome such a crisis, you go out there hardened, Weber said. "All who came well from the pandemic have also won a strength." If similar or something should happen, the athletes now have strategies at hand: "" I know, I can. I have my tricks and tricks, do not skin me around. "" Nonetheless, uncertainty remained. "Everyone is in such a hab-eight position," said Franka Weber.
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