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Call for Papers: Sport and COVID-19

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Olympiakos players challenge for the ball during warm up prior the Europa League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Olympiakos and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, Greece, Thursday, March 12, 2020. The match was played in an empty stadium because of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Editorial Board of The Sport Journal |

The coronavirus disease, COVID-19, has now been deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended all areas of life – and sports is no exception. Every aspect of sport has been affected, from the athletes themselves to every event and competition to the resulting media coverage. COVID-19 has upended sporting calendars and is superseding the business model of sports. 

This special call for papers aims to serve as a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in various countries, asking for reflective contributions on the impact of COVID-19 in sport and the changes we may expect to see going forward, to exchange experiences, challenges, successes, and lessons learned during and for a future amid and after the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are interested in receiving both empirical research – such as it may be conducted in these times – and (shorter) theoretical and critical commentaries on the longer term – and present – implications of COVID-19. There are almost endless avenues of inquiry to be pursued as the ramifications of the pandemic become clearer. Authors are encouraged to submit on the following questions:

  1. How will sport resume amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
  2. How may COVID-19 or related public health precautions impact acute and chronic health, fitness, or sport performance?
  3. How do people respond to the situation in your sport?
  4. What is helpful and what is less helpful in dealing with the current situation resulting from the pandemic?
  5. How is sport currently organized and what will or should change?

The Sport Journal invites you to help address the issue of sport during and after COVID-19 through your research and writing. For submission guidelines, please see http://thesportjournal.org/publication-information/.

The Sport Journal is a peer-reviewed journal of sports published by the United States Sports Academy.

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