Speaking Point: Living in the spotlight, constant travel and raving fans are the norm for many professional athletes. Even though it is part of the job, this level of attention can put a strain on any relationship.
“In my work with athletes I have gained insight on how relationships on and off the field can be a struggle” explains Dembo. “The constant scrutiny, especially when something goes wrong can place extreme strains on family relationships.”
“These challenges can be overcome as is shown by many successful professional athlete relationships,” says Dembo. “Living the truth, strong communication and building trust within the relationships are the keys to a happy marriage.”
Speaking Point: With the amount of information available via the Internet and social media, building trust in a relationship can be difficult.
Speaking Point: Everyone is in your business. It is extremely difficult to keep anything, especially the bad, private in the relationship.
Speaking Point: Athletes are constantly traveling, with fans surrounding them wherever they go. The prolonged absences from the family can lead to loneliness in the relationship.
Speaking Point: One person is in the spotlight the other often is not. For the partner who is not an athlete it can be hard to find a sense of belonging in this different type of life.
Speaking Point: The life of an athlete is in a constant state of change. From changing teams, to athletic injuries their lives are always in flux, which can cause a strain on the marriage.