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Athletes will improve performance with no pressure from fans

By Carlos de Torres

Sports Desk, May 21 (efe-epa).- Without the pressure of fans in the stands athletes, teams and referees will likely improve their performance as long as a competitive mindset can be achieved, sports psychology expert and former basketball coach Francisco Solana Romero told Efe Thursday.

Question: What will it mean for sports to play competitions with empty stadiums?

Answer: There are several aspects. On the one hand, the sports industry will be affected by the fact that there are no spectators in stadiums and courts, and on the other, the psychological impact will be very important for athletes.

The main change is that this constant process of communication between fans and players, which creates an environmental pressure that influences players, coaches and referees, will not take place.Q: In a football match who will benefit the most from these conditions?

A: The absence of spectators will mean the elimination of that customary pressure on the referee, who will benefit the most. In the case of players, there will be no pressure, but no support either.

Q: How can jumping onto an empty field or court with stands empty of fans affect the performance of an athlete?

A: It will affect athletes in a positive way, since it will improve various aspects, such as the attention and concentration of players on the game, the management of the internal communication of the team on the court and there will be more cohesion and better internal relations between team members.

Without environmental pressure, there will be opportunities to improve performance, since the player can be more focused on the essence of the sport in terms of concentration, more united to the team and the coach. Anxiety is eliminated.

Q: What will be the first challenge athletes will face in this new scenario?

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