CLOSE SportsPulse: Sports plays a vital role in our day-to-day lives as a means to escape. Mental health expert Eric Kussin says it’s OK to feel depressed over the loss of sports in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and provides steps you can take to address these emotions. USA TODAYThe memo started by acknowledging a sobering reality.The NBA players union predicted players, like many people around the world, would feel a “range of emotions” surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. The suspension of the season and subsequent social-distancing directives from public-health experts could induce “anxiety, panic, fear, uncertainty, confusion, feeling blindsided, hypervigilance, depression, sadness, mourning, an increased sense of vulnerability, boredom, and a heightened awareness of the needs for self-care.”“The intensity of the above emotions will vary across time between high, medium and low,” the memo read.Because of those concerns, the NBA and the players union are trying to help players with their mental health during these uncertain times. The NBA stopped play March 11 after Utah center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the league to remind players and staff member about the continued access they have to counselors. The NBPA’s director of mental health and wellness, William Parham, and player wellness counselor, Keyon Dooling, have had daily phone

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