Psychology Professor Shares Survey On Impact Of COVID-19 On Combat Sports Athletes’ Mental Health

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The following is a message shared to the Jiu-Jitsu Times from Dr. Jacob Levy,
Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
. Dr. Levy is a blue belt at Lucas Lepri BJJ – Knoxville.

Like many organized sports, the combat sports community has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including temporary closings of gyms, transitioning to online-only instruction and resources, cancellation or postponed of competitions, and limiting the interactions with teammates. Whether you are a recreational athlete or serious competitor, adjusting to these changes may present challenges for both your physical and mental health.

If you are an adult (at least age 18) who actively trains or participates in combat sports either recreationally or competitively (amateur or professional), I am asking you to participate in a research study. The purpose of the research study is to better understand some of the needs of the combat sports community during this time. This study has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Tennessee, where I am an Associate Professor of Psychology. I am also a combat sports athlete and have trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing for several years. If you are interested in participating in this study please go to this link.

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Thank you for your consideration and please feel free to share this post with other combat athletes in your gym or training communities. OSS!


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