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1- Faculty of Sport Sciences and Coaching, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia
2- Faculty of Human Development, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia
3- School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia ,
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Background. The outbreak of Coronavirus-19 or COVID-19 has brought detrimental effects on the sports industry. Cancellation of sports trainings and competitions, movement restriction, and social isolation present an emotional challenge for athletes. Objectives. This cross-sectional study examined the prevalence of emotional distress among athletes during the MCO of Covid-19 in Malaysia. Methods. A total 224 males and 264 females athletes participated in this study during the month of June to August 2020. The majority of the participants were archers (20.7%), followed by track and field (12.9%), netball (8.4%), and badminton (6.6%). An online survey was employed, which consists of three measures: (a) demographic information, (b) Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale -21 and (c) Kessler Psychological Distress Scale - 10. Results. The results indicated that 7.2% (N=35) of the participants reported severe to extremely severe stress, 20.5% (N=100) of participants experienced severe to extremely severe anxiety, and 10% (N=49) participants reported severe to extremely severe depression. Moreover, Chi-Square analysis revealed no significant differences between the level of stress, anxiety, and depression based on age, gender, and category of sports (individual vs. team sports), except for gender and depression, (X2 (4, N=488)=12.18, p=.016). More female athletes reported a severe to extreme severe level of depression (20.3%) compared to male athletes (13.4%).  Conclusion. This finding suggests that further assessment, monitoring, and treatment plan for athletes, especially for female athletes, to ensure their mental health and emotional wellbeing during this Covid19 pandemic.
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Our data is applicable in the followings respects:
  • Continuous monitoring of athletes' level of emotional distress, especially among the vulnerable groups such as female and younger athletes, as shown in the data.
  • Ensuring psychosocial support services to these vulnerable population is easily accessible.

Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Sport Psychology and its Related Branches
Received: 2021/05/17 | Accepted: 2021/01/12

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