The Impact of Homesickness on Elite FootballersKhatija Bahdur1 and Ricard Pruna2*
- *Corresponding Author:
- Dr. Ricard Pruna, MD, PhD
Medical Services FC Barcelona
FIFA Excellence Centre Barcelona, Spain
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: November 22, 2016; Accepted date: January 30, 2017; Published date: February 07, 2017
Citation: Bahdur K, Pruna R (2017) The Impact of Homesickness on Elite Footballers. J Nov Physiother 7:331. doi: 10.4172/2165-7025.1000331
Copyright: © 2017 Bahdur K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Globalisation has resulted in increased migration for sports participation. Leaving home and moving to a new city or country requires adjustment and may increase levels of stress experienced by players. The impacts of the move may have consequences for the player both on and off the field. This study looked at ways in which moving to a new city or country impacted players and what mechanisms helped them cope and adjust to the new surroundings. The sample consisted of 41 football players (male N=20; female N=21) ages between 17 and 42 years old. Players came from eleven different countries across five continents all playing at the highest level of the game. The study found that the players had both football-related and non-football related consequences as a result of the move. Things like missing family and friends, adjusting to a new language, and adjusting to a new style of football were the most prominent difficulties experienced by the players. Keeping in touch with family and friends made the move easier, as did the support played within the team set-up. Most players who had made more than one move found the first move the toughest to adjust to, and lessons learnt during that move made subsequent moves easier.