Sumary of Empty Stadiums, COVID Fears: How Will It Affect Olympic Athletes?:
- By Steven Reinberg HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, July 22, 2021 — To do their best, Olympic athletes need to be both physically and mentally fit, but the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions at the Tokyo Olympics has made that a real challenge, experts say.
- “This Olympics is unprecedented,” said Dr. Michael Lardon, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.
- The Tokyo Olympics itself, which officially begins Friday, is pressure-packed.
- “One of the things that makes somebody a tremendous performer, whether it’s in sports or other aspects of life, is if they have some obsessive-compulsive tendencies and are driven by anxiety to perfection,” he said.