Premier League tackling mental health

Jul 27, 15 Premier League tackling mental health

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By Dominic Hughes Health correspondent, BBC News. Mental health is still an issue that some people are reluctant to talk about despite the fact that one in four people will be affected in some way. So it may come as a surprise that the world of professional football – often seen as macho and tough – is taking the mental...

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How elite sport can be a lonely, isolating and vulnerable place

May 15, 15 How elite sport can be a lonely, isolating and vulnerable place

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Why does a top Premier League manager feel alone? How can you feel isolated, with no-one to turn to, in a bustling dressing room? Why can a jet-setting sporting lifestyle leave you feeling like a stranger in your own home? By Tom Reynolds for BBC Sport Elite sport can appear a privileged profession, a chance to live out the...

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Dreams to Dust: Life After Football for the Future Stars Who Never Quite Made It

Mar 13, 15 Dreams to Dust: Life After Football for the Future Stars Who Never Quite Made It

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Their prodigious footballing talents were spotted at an early age, and they were soon snapped up and attached to the biggest clubs writes Andy Mitten from United We Stand in the Bleacher Reports. They won professional contracts, sharing dressing rooms and bedrooms with some of the biggest names in world football. Some even played...

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Retirement can present a mental challenge to former players, according to Ray Parlour

Feb 05, 15 Retirement can present a mental challenge to former players, according to Ray Parlour

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Former Arsenal and England midfielder Ray Parlour has highlighted the difficulties former players face when their careers are over. Following Clarke Carlisle’s revelation that he attempted to take his own life last year, Parlour admits it’s difficult to adjust to a normal existence after leading a ‘regimented...

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Marco van Basten: Why stress prompted manager to leave role

Feb 03, 15 Marco van Basten: Why stress prompted manager to leave role

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Pressure. Responsibility. People counting on you, looking to you, doubting you, challenging you. The burden. The problems. The relentlessness. And then the palpitations.  Last autumn, Marco van Basten reached a defining moment in his personal and professional life. He accepted that he had to make public his private difficulties and...

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