The stereotype that men are the ones who must not openly express their emotions still rules in the majority of athletes. However, most studies show that the presence of such stereotypes in athletes may negatively affect their psyche, to reduce their confidence and can lead to very bad performance. Handball players, volleyball players, football players and other athletes who cry after defeat are much more successful in the field, rather than those are showing to be “manlier”
Studies have shown that men – athletes, who have trouble expressing their emotions, are more successful than others when it comes to activities in and out of the field. Freedom of expression of emotions can positively affect the performance of the athlete in the long run.
Numerous studies show that athletes, who cry when losing a match, have higher self-esteem, unlike those who think it is quite, in a way, inappropriate for an athlete to cry.