Dr. Monna Arvinen-Barrow, a native of Finland, a former professional synchronized skating coach, and a UWM Associate Professor in the Laboratory for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence, was interviewed to provide an expert statement on the psychological impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) cutting the season short for Finnish synchronized skating teams Helsinki Rockettes and Team Unique, both heading to the Synchronized Skating World Championships at Lake Placid, New York.
Dr. Arvinen-Barrow’s interview focused on the importance of understanding that such an abrupt end to a season is likely to evoke an array of emotional responses, and that it is OK to give yourself time to process them. She also highlighted the importance of maintaining physical, mental, and social health during the pandemic, and how simple psychological strategies such as imagery can be beneficial in maintaining sport specific skills.
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