Although the tight schedule is the main cause, it is not the only one. The word of a specialist on the mental and emotional role of the soccer player, in the run-up to the World Cup
Emmanuel Baldo< /i>
Ngolo Kante (France), Diogo Jota (Portugal), Paul Pogba (France), Reece James (England), Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina) (AFP)
The injured list surprises ahead of the < b>Qatar World Cup 2022. A tournament that will start at an atypical moment of the season in which the main teams of the most important leagues in the world are playing transcendental matches at the end of the first semester of competition.
The calendar was tightened so that everything falls within the scheduled dates, a decision that could be attractive for sports lovers due to the regularity of events but not so for the protagonists, their clubs or their teams, who face each game with the concern of knowing if they will finish the day with the same number of available players with whom they showed up for the match.
There is no doubt that the constant hustle and bustle of confrontations is the main cause of injuries but not the only one. The players are not robots, and before soccer players they are also people with the same sensations and feelings that any human being could have.
The mental part plays an equally important role as the physical for a professional athlete and if it fails, it can have great consequences: “Injuries can be multifactorial. As well as physical fatigue, there is also mental fatigue. When one has this type of fatigue, the different mental skills that one has to execute in full competition are deteriorated, ”Diego Mc Guire, specialist in sports psychology (NM: 31043), tells Infobae.Infobae /p>
“So at some point this makes it impact the performance of executions that would be different than what I would do without that mental fatigue. Sometimes injuries can have both a physical and a mental factor, as well as an emotional one,” he explains.
Diogo Jota suffered an injury that left him out of the World Cup (Reuters)
Unfortunately the injury figures continue to rise. In addition to the technical, tactical and even logistical concerns that any National Team coaching staff could have for the World Cup, there is also the uncertainty about whether one or more of their figures will arrive on time to join the delegation.
So far there are a handful of names that were officially disaffected from the squad (Paul Pogba, Diogo Jota, Reece James, Timo Werner…) but many others, some rushing the recovery period, hope between cotton balls to be able to heal in time.
“Emotional mismanagement, for example anger, can make the player do a certain technical-tactical skill and end up hurting himself. But the origin was mismanagement of anger, as there may also be mismanagement of the emotion of fear, which is an emotion that any athlete can have in a pre-competitive situation. . There is the belief that the athlete does not have to be afraid, why not?, more in a situation like in a world championship, ”says the Bachelor of Psychology and Coachin Sports Neurotraining.
At least 15 soccer players, including those who are officially out of the World Cup and those who are in doubt, suffered muscle injuries in which, in addition to being caused by the string of of matches, the mental part could also have had an influence: carry in your head the fear of not getting injured.
“Being afraid obviously that is going to influence in the central nervous system of the athlete and will make his motor system stiffens more and he doesn't play loose like he should play. Maybe that makes it unable to perform some executions. Perhaps because they are afraid of wanting to take care of themselves, they end up being careless and suffering an injury”, considers McGuire.
Ángel Di María suffered a muscle injury and put the National Team on alert (AFP)
“We are so close that any little thing that can happen to you leaves you out. What happened to Paulo, to Fideo… On a personal level, one is concerned and seeing these things is more 'scary', but I think that going out to play thinking about that can be contradictory. The best thing is to act normally, as always, to play and that is the best way to be well”, commented Lionel Messi on the subject in a dialogue with DirecTV Sports recently.
“I think that the best way to prevent and be able to reach the world championship it's just as Messi defines it”, recognizes the sports psychologist and adds: “It depends on the head of each athlete. But that's the best thing, because in wanting to take care of myself, in going to play a ball with fear thinking that I'm taking care of myself, in reality I'm neglecting myself.”
“In that thinking about going slowly to believe that I am taking care of myself to get to the World Cup, in that believing that I am training lighter believing that I am going to prevent injuries, maybe I just end up getting injured. The best way to prevent injuries is to try to get closer to the real competition situation”, says the professional.
So far, N' Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba (France), Diogo Jota (Portugal), Reece James (England), Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands), Joao Rojas (Ecuador), Sergi Roberto (Spain), Timo Werner (Germany), They are the soccer players who were officially ruled out of the competition due to the recovery time that their respective injuries will demand.
Participation in the World Cup is in doubt for several football figures (Reuters)
The disappointment, the sadness, the anger< /b>, the frustration. Some in the middle of the game, and others in private, cried when they found out that they were going to stay at the door of the most important soccer tournament in the world.
“What should be done with them is preventive work. What I would ask the player is: 'Let's see, this happened, it wasn't in your hands, it didn't depend on you, it was something feasible that could happen to any of your colleagues', and maybe he would work on how to know how to carry that stone that he touched on the road. That he can take charge of what happened and know how to handle it because that will give him resilience and will strengthen him in future competitions”, reflects the Bachelor of Psychology.
“It is a very sad situation, I would particularly work on accepting what happened and making him understand that the injury simply takes him out of competition but that his career as an athlete continues. I would focus attention on his next sports goal , or on him individually; that he can continue training different parts of the body, his emotional management, his mental health, “he concludes.
Injuries in elite soccer players grow year after year in the main world leagues. A study published by the Reuters agency reflected an increase of 20% in cases last season with the English Premier League registering the highest number with 1,231 cases, followed by the German Bundesliga (1,205) and the Spanish La Liga (848). In turn, they stated that the number of injuries to young soccer players up to 21 years old multiplied by ten since the last World Cup in Russia in 2018.