The CSD initiates a new counselling service to help athletes of High Level before the situation created by the COVID-19

A group of professionals, led by the psychologist Pablo AEPSAD River, answer questions of athletes individually

Madrid, 31 March 2020.-The High Council of sports (CSD), in collaboration with the Spanish Agency of health protection in sport (AEPSAD) and through the lines of work programme of attention to the top-level (PROAD), has launched a new service of counseling to help athletes Spaniards before the scene generated by the extension worldwide from COVID-19.

The goal of this initiative is to help the spanish athletes to confront the exceptional situation generated by the health emergency that has forced to suspend national and international competitions and to postpone the Olympics and Paralympics Tokio 2020.

Psychological support includes a line of personalized attention with a group of professional AEPSAD, led by the psychologist sports centre of sports medicine said agency, Pablo the river.

Moreover, have been developed and guides for tracking athlete will bring them patterns to face the new reality faced by following the suspension of continental and international championships and a postponement of the Olympic quotation, goals have trained in recent years.

These materials address issues such as: “Understanding ofthe current situation, and the answer to the question: why to me?”; general guidelines on the “ emotions, feelings and thoughts timely”; keys to“ maintain healthy mind, active and working” or “Deep breathing methods and muscular relaxation ”.

"our priority is the health of athletes ”

According to Pablo of the river, the aim of this service is “ support and guide the sportsman of high level offering you a personalized service to confront the personal and professional aspects related to the crisis situation and the consequences involved in the development of our work as high-level athletes ”.

With its extensive professional experience within la psicologia esportiva i after working with a large group of Spanish athletes, the river believes that “ the technique, skills and strategies psychological training programmes are transferred also to everyday life still some good tools for addressing and resolving the adverse situations or difficult as before us ”.

For Jennifer partner, former polo player, better player the world in 2013 and silver medal in the JJOO of London 2012 and advises the chairmanship of CSD currently, “ this type of aid is of great value to the sportsman ”.

“ the current situation generates a lot of uncertainty. I think this psychological help will be very useful and, moreover, it will help you to feel the breath of institutions, something that is always important in these cases, ” she adds.

"our priority is the health of athletes, ” says the president of the High Council of sports, Irene Lozano. “ All efforts by these days the CSD are designed to improve the welfare of sportsmen, one of the groups most affected by the current situation before the shutdown of sports competitions and by the very sense of uncertainty. In these difficult times we want to be near them. ”

This new service of counselling created by the CSD joins the set of economic support measures in the workplace, social and administrative launched by the government that favor directly or indirectly to the world of sport before the crisis situation caused by the health COVID-19.