Athletes focus on mental health during coronavirus closures

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — We’re all in a new normal: away from work, out of school, told not to leave our homes unless we have to. But how we cope with all the new guidelines and social limitations can be very different.

A senior on Grand Valley State University’s basketball team, Jenn DeBoer was already mentally preparing for the end of her college career.

“I knew that once the season ended, it was just going to be weird with how much time I had on my hands and just the freedom of not having anything,” DeBoer, daughter of Storm Team 8 meteorologist Terri DeBoer, said.

“For many of us, the sport will be there when we get back,” Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital sports psychologist Dr. Eddie O’Connor was quick to point out. “There are some people that will lose things that it’s not going to go back to normal.”

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