Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on quality of life among para-footballers with brain impairment

Felipe Herrera, María Isabel Cornejo, Matías Henríquez, Fernando Ignacio Muñoz Hinrichsen, Nathalia Bernardes, José Ricardo Auricchio, Luis Felipe Castelli Correia de Campos

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People with disabilities might be at a higher risk of suffering from the psychosocial impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on quality of life (QoL), due to isolation and social restrictions. The purpose of this study was to describe the impact of confinement caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on the QoL of Chilean para-footballers with brain impairment. Forty male football players with brain impairment participated in this study. All participants completed the WHOQOL-BREF QoL questionnaire at two different moments (before and during confinement). A significant reduction in the perception of QoL was found between the different periods. Moreover, the physical, psychological, social, and environmental domains presented lower scores during the pandemic. These results suggest that the impact of confinement reduced the perception of QoL in all domains. Differentiated strategies with multidisciplinary professional support are necessary for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic’s psychosocial consequences on para-footballers with brain impairments.

Translated title of the contributionImpacto de la pandemia de COVID-19 en la calidad de vida de para-futbolistas con lesión cerebral
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-140
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • coronavirus
  • disability
  • Pandemic
  • para-sport
  • quality of life
  • sports health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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