What They're Saying: Vincent Gouttebarge

“In football, suddenly young men and women athletes are having to cope with social isolation, a suspension of their working lives and doubts about their future. It is a time of huge uncertainty for the players and their families due to the insecurity of their future and the social isolation.”

-- Vincent Gouttebarge, the chief medical officer for FIFPro, the international players' union, on a sharp rise in the number of players reporting symptoms of depression or anxiety since soccer was locked down because of the COVID-19 outbreak. It reported 22 percent of female players and 13 percent of male players who took part in a survey reported symptoms “consistent with a diagnosis of depression." The numbers were 18 percent and 16 percent for generalized anxiety. (Reuters)
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