Although it’s not as we once knew it, the sporting world is slowly kicking back into action. Despite not allowing crowds back into see live events, NHL goaltender Robin Lehner believes the return of sports is good for mental health.
Is Bringing Sport Back Worth It?
One question many people are left wondering is whether it’s worth bringing sports back at all or not at the moment. With so many concerns about people’s health, would adding a supportive bubble for sports stars be contributing to the problem? Las Vegas Golden Knights goaltender, Robin Lehner, doesn’t believe so, in fact, the NHL star believes sports returning is actually a good thing. The Golden Knights star thinks that bringing sports back is a positive for people’s mental health.
Putting Smiles Back On Faces
Lehner thinks that wider conversations about the health of the world are causing other discussions to be overshadowed. The hockey star has opened up about his own mental health struggles in the past, and he thinks sports returning could have a huge impact on people’s happiness.
Lehner believes that sports give people something to focus on, and they can plan their days around watching their favorite sports teams in action. An active sports schedule will also bring families together to watch a game or sport, believes Lehner.
Opening Up A Discussion
Lehner has opened up about his struggles with addiction and also his diagnosis as bipolar. The goaltender is worried that the discussion around mental health is now being “swept away” due to the global situation. Lehner appears to be open to the return of the NHL, which resumes its postponed season in August, not only for fans, but the players too.
An Increased Risk
People have found hobbies to be a useful distraction from being holed up at home during recent months. However, when the NHL resumes, it does so at the risk of players and a wider community of support workers. The players are going to be taking risks putting themselves in close contact with others, all in the name of entertainment. There is also the issue of distancing themselves from their families, something Lehner says will be the hardest thing for him when the season resumes.
Extra Resources Required
A lot of resources will be required to get the NHL back up and running, including the number of tests the players will have to go through to ensure everyone’s safety. It’s thought the NHL will have to use over 5,000 tests to make it all the way through to the Stanley Cup. Players, staff, and service workers will all have to cross the danger line when play resumes, leading to questions of whether resuming the sport is really worth it.
As far as Lehner is concerned, he feels like that risk is one worth taking to help people struggling with mental health find some normality once again. Hockey fans can begin to organize their schedules around the resumption of the NHL on August 08 after months of missing out.