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Strategies and Solutions for Team Sports Athletes in Isolation due to COVID-19

Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, 10110 Zagreb, Croatia
Biotrenning Ltd., 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Faculty of Education and Sport, University of Basque Country, 01007 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Strength and Conditioning Society, 00118 Rome, Italy
National Institute of Physical Education (INEFC), University of Barcelona, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
Technogym SpA, 47521 Cesena, Italy
Football Science Institute, 18016 Granada, Spain
Unidad Regional de Medicina Deportiva, Avilés and Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria del Principado de Asturias (ISPA), 33401 Oviedo, Spain
Football Club Deportivo Alavés, 01007 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Football Club Juventus, 10151 Torino, Italy
Basketball Club CSKA, Moscow 125167, Russia
Research Center for High Performance Sport, UCAM, 30107 Murcia, Spain
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Sports 2020, 8(4), 56;
Received: 8 April 2020 / Revised: 17 April 2020 / Accepted: 22 April 2020 / Published: 24 April 2020
In December of 2019, there was an outbreak of a severe acute respiratory syndrome caused by the Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19) in China. The virus rapidly spread into the whole World causing an unprecedented pandemic and forcing governments to impose a global quarantine, entering an extreme unknown situation. The organizational consequences of quarantine/isolation are: absence of organized training and competition, lack of communication among athletes and coaches, inability to move freely, lack of adequate sunlight exposure, inappropriate training conditions. Based on the current scientific, we strongly recommend encouraging the athlete to reset their mindset to understand quarantine as an opportunity for development, organizing appropriate guidance, educating and encourage athletes to apply appropriate preventive behavior and hygiene measures to promote immunity and ensuring good living isolation conditions. The athlete’s living space should be equipped with cardio and resistance training equipment (portable bicycle or rowing ergometer). Some forms of body mass resistance circuit-based training could promote aerobic adaptation. Sports skills training should be organized based on the athlete’s needs. Personalized conditioning training should be carried out with emphasis on neuromuscular performance. Athletes should also be educated about nutrition (Vitamin D and proteins) and hydration. Strategies should be developed to control body composition. Mental fatigue should be anticipated and mental controlled. Adequate methods of recovery should be provided. Daily monitoring should be established. This is an ideal situation in which to rethink personal life, understanding the situation, that can be promoted in these difficult times that affect practically the whole world. View Full-Text
Keywords: strategies; team sports; athletes; training; isolation; COVID-19 strategies; team sports; athletes; training; isolation; COVID-19
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Jukic, I.; Calleja-González, J.; Cos, F.; Cuzzolin, F.; Olmo, J.; Terrados, N.; Njaradi, N.; Sassi, R.; Requena, B.; Milanovic, L.; Krakan, I.; Chatzichristos, K.; Alcaraz, P.E. Strategies and Solutions for Team Sports Athletes in Isolation due to COVID-19. Sports 2020, 8, 56.

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Jukic I, Calleja-González J, Cos F, Cuzzolin F, Olmo J, Terrados N, Njaradi N, Sassi R, Requena B, Milanovic L, Krakan I, Chatzichristos K, Alcaraz PE. Strategies and Solutions for Team Sports Athletes in Isolation due to COVID-19. Sports. 2020; 8(4):56.

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Jukic, Igor, Julio Calleja-González, Francesc Cos, Francesco Cuzzolin, Jesús Olmo, Nicolas Terrados, Nenad Njaradi, Roberto Sassi, Bernardo Requena, Luka Milanovic, Ivan Krakan, Kostas Chatzichristos, and Pedro E. Alcaraz. 2020. "Strategies and Solutions for Team Sports Athletes in Isolation due to COVID-19" Sports 8, no. 4: 56.

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