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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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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Ronan O’Gara: If you have a happy person, you will have a happy player

Nov 01, 14 Ronan O’Gara: If you have a happy person, you will have a happy player

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Ronan O’Gara joined Ray Darcy in the Today FM studios recently. The former Irish International and Munster player discussed rugby, life in France and the importance of feeding your family a healthy dinner. From a coaching point of view he also discussed the importance of player welfare and how you have to look at players...

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Niall Quinn: Governing bodies need to get to grips with addiction problem

Jun 08, 14 Niall Quinn: Governing bodies need to get to grips with addiction problem

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Niall Quinn insists it’s time Irish sporting bodies got to grips with the addiction problems that have become the norm writes Michael Scully.  Quinn has seen former team-mates fall into the trap of addiction and admits he was lucky to have a support structure in place to prevent him doing the same. It’s why he spoke from the heart...

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