How the coronavirus pandemic impacts athletes, coaches

Posted at 8:57 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 20:57:01-04

CLEVELAND — Dealing with defeat is typically cut and dry in sports—either a season ends with a win or a loss.

But during these uncertain times in which fears of the spreading COVID-19 virus have halted the sports world, athletes around the globe are being forced to confront a new type of disappointment—the loss of a season.

Ryan Virtue of Positive Coaching Alliance said it’s during times like these that coaches, parents and athletes should take a step back and evaluate how they lead, teach and play.

“We’re not going to be able to stop [athletes’] thoughts of ‘What could’ve been, what should’ve been, why is this happening to me?’” Virtue said. “But we really need to focus on the things that are in our control. What can you do to move past this?”

The PCA has some tips for helping athletes deal with the disappointment. You can find them here.