Covid 19 Resources

Dealing with COVID

The global pandemic has taken its toll on all of us, perhaps no one more so than our children. Mental health and wellbeing is more than ever at the forefront of concerns within AYSO and the youth athletics communities. The ongoing stresses and mental heath considerations both children and families have faced during these unprecedented times have included:

  • Isolation
  • Social distancing
  • Decreased motivation
  • Worries, fears, anxieties
  • Lack of sports and competitive outlets
  • Lots of time together with household members
  • Parents have dual roles (working from home and home school facilitator)

AYSO has compiled the resources found below to provide you with information that can help you and your families cope with these often drastic and ongoing life changes.

Children of Quarantine: What does a year of isolation and anxiety do to a developing brain?
By Lisa Miller
Nov. 24, 2020

Growing Up in a Pandemic: How Covid is Affecting Children’s Development
By Amarica Rafanelli
Jan. 19, 2021

COVID and the Teenage Brain
Marilyn Wedge, PhD.
January 19, 2021

CHEER Up: Surviving Sports and COVID-19 Fatigue
Linda Escobar Olszewksi, PsyD
January 18, 2021

Disruption, Sports, and Pandemic

Linda Escobar Olszewksi, PsyD
September 14, 2020

Playing Through a Pandemic: Youth Sports and COVID

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
April 13, 2021