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COVID-19

COVID-19For everyone
25 May 2020

Avoidance in a time of COVID-19

I would like to start this series of four blogs with a personal anecdote. Those who know me well know that for me, there’s nothing better than a good old handshake to start a friendly or professional meeting. That said, I recently watched a series in which the main character walked through a crowd and shook the hand of anyone who was willing. I was therefore surprised to feel a strong sense of aversion, telling myself “It’s absolutely crazy to touch so many people.” I had never had this reflex before and yet today, with the COVID-19 crisis, I am now overtaken by an instinctive disgust towards this type of behaviour. Nevertheless, like many of us, I also have an…
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COVID-19For everyone
18 May 2020

Cyber-isolation: addiction, luring and intimidation

The isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic has led to a change of routine for all Quebecers. No school, no sports, no restaurants, no movie theaters, no shopping, no going out, no gatherings… isolation has left a void in our schedules. What to do with all this free time? Many of us have turned to technology and social media. Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Zoom… In some ways, and since nature abhors a vacuum (Aristotle), technology has allowed us to fill this emptiness and more easily deal with isolation. We have therefore been able to work remotely and stay in contact with our friends (thanks to virtual happy hours) and our loved ones (parents and grandparents) who miss their family.…
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COVID-19For everyone
12 May 2020

Canadian athletes and coaches in isolation: Who to consult in case of need?

The current situation may lead to more athletes and coaches wanting to call on specialists in psychology, sport psychology, mental training, etc. without however knowing who to call upon.  No surprise there given that in the field of mental health, many consultants have the skills to help the overall population. It may therefore be hard to know who to contact when they feel the need to identify, share and analyze their thoughts and emotions. In the sporting environment, you have access to people specially trained to favour your performance on the field and your well-being, whether you are an Olympic athlete who wants to win a medal or a young athlete on a competitive or participating level. Two main stakeholders…
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COVID-19For everyone
1 May 2020

Physical exercise and immune system: too much is like not enough

In this period of isolation, it is important, for both our physical and psychological health, to stay busy and active, and therefore continue to practice physical activities. It’s even more essential given that exercise is a major stimulant for the production of several neurotransmitters (endorphins, dopamine and serotonin) in the brain which contribute to our well-being. This helps to manage stress in a period like the one we are going through right now. On top of that, regular physical exercise is very beneficial for the body, in addition to improving health, increasing immune surveillance and reducing the risks of illness . In other words, regular physical activity is strongly related to a decrease in the frequency of upper respiratory tract…
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CoachesCOVID-19
24 April 2020

Isolated coaches: what role should you play with your athletes?

In the sports community, coaches are among the people most affected by this pandemic and isolation, synonymous with an abrupt halt to training sessions and the competition season for a still as yet indeterminate period. For coaches, the emotional and financial costs are similar to those of parents with the added disappointment of not being able to fulfil their role, which for many of them represents their career, their livelihood, their professional identity and their passion. Each coach is living through this situation according to their aspirations, the level of each athlete and their level of commitment. But all trainers are probably wondering what they can do to support their athletes during the coming weeks. Take care of yourself first…
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COVID-19Parents
15 April 2020

Parents of isolated athletes: When emotions and uncertainty increase tenfold! Exemplaire Exemplaire

For the majority of parents, the COVID-19 imposed isolation generates a multitude of sudden changes on a professional, academic and personal level. These changes have probably disrupted the daily family life of each family member in its own way (relief versus frustration, rest versus boredom). For the parents of young athletes, there is an additional consequence: the uncertainty related to the premature termination of their children’s season and the imperilled launch of spring and summer activities. Different reactions and emotions are possible in the face of the momentary interruption of your emotional and financial investments to support your children’s sporting aspirations. You may also have to deal with the emotional consequences for your children, as different as they are, on…
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COVID-19For everyone
1 April 2020

Sportspersons and athletes confined: When emotions and uncertainty become overwhelming

The match which currently pits the sports community against the COVID-19 pandemic is more than an unexpected clash, it’s a crisis that generates ignorance, unpredictability, uncertainty, ambiguity and a loss of control. These sudden changes in the sports community are leaving it in a state of shock, disbelief and distress and leads us to ask questions which have no answer: When will the fields and gymnasiums open again? When can I go back to school? When can I start training? For some athletes, this unknown adversary and the crisis it provokes means more than a simple break in their sports careers. Some of them will not see the end of their season, will not experience their last high school or…
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COVID-19For everyone
27 March 2020

Little-known consequences of COVID-19 on athletes

The period of crisis that the planet is currently going through in connection with COVID-19 obviously affects us all to different degrees. The sport community is no exception. Of course, we think first of all of these professional leagues which had to interrupt their activities, of all these championships, events and tournaments which are canceled or postponed… not to mention the biggest sporting event, the Tokyo Olympic Games which are officially carried over to 2021. It is easy to empathize with athletes of all skill levels who are committed to practicing their sport and who are now at risk of missing their much-awaited competitions. Their performance and results could probably have had a decisive influence, first on the pleasure and…
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COVID-19For everyone
27 March 2020

Bigorexia: When sport becomes an addiction

Have you ever heard of bigorexia? This term, which was initially used in the world of bodybuilding, could concern all physical and sports activities. More known in Europe, particularly in France, bigorexia (also called addiction to sport, sportoolism or reverse anorexia) was recognized in 2011 by the World Health Organization as being part of behavioral dependencies (e.g. gambling addiction, video game addiction, compulsive shopping, food addiction, sexual and emotional dependence). This form of dependence is associated with eating disorders and muscle dysmorphism without being limited to it. The specialists at the Centre d’Études et de Recherches en Psychopathologie (Toulouse, France) proposed the following definition: “bigorexia is an irrepressible and compulsive need to practice regularly and intensively one or more physical…
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COVID-19Sportive
26 November 2018

What happens when I call Sport’Aide?

You have gathered your courage and you are finally going to dial 1-833-245-HELP (4357). You have been thinking about it for a long time. Maybe it was after you saw the Sport'Aide number on the gymnasium poster, on YouTube or on Instagram? Maybe it was since you spoke to a friend or teammate who advised you to call – it doesn’t matter – that you have been wondering: “Should I call? What will they think? What can they do for me? Who’s going to answer?” These are all legitimate questions, but rest assured, the Sport'Aide team is opening its door right now to show you its secret! When you call the Sport'Aide toll-free line, there will always be a counsellor…
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