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Thursday, November 28, 2013

James Haskell discusses mental health and fitness in sport

James Haskell and former Badminton star Gail Emms join Paul McVeigh for a Sportlobster TV discussion about mental health in sport, and how professional athletes and sportsmen of all calibres deal with some of the pressures that exist.

In a fascinating part of the discussion, Haskell goes into detail about how an ex girlfriend once dumped him just hours before kick off against the All Blacks.

"I did kind of imagine the All Blacks were her aswell, so I put extra venom into the tackle."

He then explains that music plays a key part in how to deal with such situations, and that the rugby team environment plays a huge role in coping with whatever kind of external stress you're under.

There are some very interesting insights, as well as amusing anecdotes from all involved.

Thanks to the guys at Sportlobster. Follow our new page at sportlobster.com/rugbydump

Posted at 5:36 pm | 3 comments

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Liam November 29, 2013 8:05 am

Absolutely agree with the points raised here. It doesn't matter if you have all the talent in the world, if you only have the mental strength to pull it out of the bag 2-3 times in a season. One example that I thought might get mentioned in terms of rugby is Rupeni Caucau. Natural talent on the pitch, but couldn't get his act together off the field which resulted in below par performances considering his talent, and on/off appearances for his national team.

It shows that now he's gone away and worked on his mental approach he's back to enjoying rugby and playing well.

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Canadian content September 05, 2014 9:18 pm

Id have to put mccaw, Jonny, Conrad smith, john smith, Aaron smith, Kieran reade, dussatoir has some on the mentally strongest players out there

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