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Get Your Head in the Game: An exploration of football's complex relationship with mental health
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Get Your Head in the Game: An exploration of football's complex relationship with mental health (Paperback)

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Football is more than just a sport; the pitch reveals emotion in the extreme, from the glory of goals, the thrill of comradeship, the rollercoaster of club loyalty, through to the immense pressure of expectation, fear of injury, and crushing defeat. Fans, players, managers, coaches, and even those new to the sport can't help but be swept up by the drama at the heart of the beautiful game. But when players at the peak of their physical fitness commit suicide, or poor mental health derails careers, there can still be a stunned silence in the community, a lack of connection.In Get Your Head in the Game, Dominic Stevenson, a writer, player, coach, and lifelong football obsessive, interviews a diverse cross-section of characters in the football world, from fans to managers, from players at the start of their careers to retired veterans, women's football stars, international celebrities, refugee footballers and mental health professionals. He uproots the connections between the sport and the mind, unpicking the subtle interplay between the two; telling the stories of personal battles both on and off the pitch, he touches on anxiety, depression, discrimination, trauma, identity and recovery.In these pages, Dominic asks what the greatest game in the world can do for the mental health of those who love it, and how it can create positive change around the world. This is the first book of its kind, and is essential reading for all fans of the sport.

Medical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesHealth systems & servicesMental health servicesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsSocial groups: clubs & societiesSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreation Publisher: Watkins Media Publication Date: 08/12/2020 ISBN-13: 9781786784353  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Dominic Stevenson is a writer, professional communicator and a football coach. He has coached in academies at semi-professional and professional football teams in Scotland, as well as having a youth career that saw him reach the fringes of the professional game. He has worked alongside international football coaches and led teams to play in Europe and Asia. He provides communications support for the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA), and he is the PR Manager for the Yorkshire International Football Association.Dominic has published two collections of poetry and has run a successful live literature night called Listen Softly in London and Edinburgh for over five years.

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