Finally! We’re starting to see signs of hope when it comes to the resumption of sports around the globe. But as leagues are knocking on the door of getting back to work, how are athletes going to deal with change?
Covid-19 has turned our world upside down and that includes the sports world, too. For many professional athletes, fear and anxiety is starting to take its toll and questions are being asked. When is it safe to return? Will we be safe when we return? What if I get the virus? What if a teammate gets sick?
These are all questions that greatly impact everyone’s mental health right now. That’s why I sought out Dr. Christian Conte. He’s one of the country’s most accomplished mental health specialists in the field of anger and emotional management. He’s worked with the Florida State University and the University of Oregon football teams, as well as University of Tennessee football and University of Pittsburgh Athletics. And he applies his Yield Theory in maximum security prisons throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Conte provided incredible insight into what athletes will be faced with, mentally, as they resume their sport.
Dr Conte has a wealth of knowledge on how to deal with all kinds of situations, including dealing with anger. He details how to de-escalate conflict, promote clear communication―and changing the way you relate to others in every part of your life in his book, “Walking Through Anger: A New Design For Confronting Conflict In An Emotionally Charged World.”
As Dr. Conte put it in our conversation, there are two kinds of people in this world. People with issues and dead people. We’re all trying to figure out our “new normal” and I thought Dr. Conte’s tweet, the day we spoke, was spot on.
Professional athletes issues are present as they trend to the resumption of their sports, but they’ll adjust. For the rest of us, the best way to “survive” the pandemic is to find our true meaning, because as Dr. Conte said, once you find it there is nothing outside of you that can determine your direction.