Introduction: This study aimed to assess the mental condition of aquatic athletes during COVID-19 lockdowns and identify factors that could predict changes in their emotions and mood disturbances. Materials and Methods: The sample was composed of 506 competitive swimmers (ages 15-36) in four aquatic specializations, with 82.4% competing at the national level. Data was collected through questionnaires between April 10th and May 1st, 2020. Results: Female athletes had higher levels of unpleasant mood states and were generally more vulnerable to the lockdown's harmful effects. Team athletes had higher levels of friendliness, which may be a coping strategy for difficult situations. Training conditions played a significant role in mental health, with athletes who trained more having fewer mood disturbances. Lack of training negatively impacted fitness and mental health. Conclusions: The study emphasizes the importance of providing support to athletes during pandemics and reducing stigmatization around seeking psychological support.
Jaenes JC, Alarcon Rubio D, Arenilla-Villalba MJ, Wilczynska D. The impact of home confinement by COVID-19 on mood state and adaptive behaviors in Spanish swimmers. Balt J Health Phys Act. 2023;15(3): Article4. https://doi.org/10.29359/BJHPA.15.3.04
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Jose Carlos Jaenes 0000-0002-8700-130X
David Alarcón 0000-0002-7964-1913
María José Arenilla-Villalba 0000-0002-0474-3907
Dominika Wilczyńska 0000-0002-4332-0157
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