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Annie Vernon: ‘That silver medal was devastating – like a broken heart’ | Donald McRae

Desperate to win, terrified of defeat – the Olympic silver medallist tells of dealing with this profound challenge for elite athletesOut of heartache, sometimes, clarity can emerge. For Annie Vernon – a former Olympic and world champion rower who is no…

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Burnley’s Aaron Lennon fears other players still struggle with depression

• ‘There are probably players out there who don’t want to talk’• Winger at launch of Burnley in the Community projectAaron Lennon believes he has made a full recovery from the stress-related illness that led to his brief detainment under the Mental Hea…

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Elite sport is gradually waking up to widespread mental health issues | Sean Ingle

Administrators are arriving at a better understanding of the extent of anxiety and depression among top sportspeople and a finger is pointing at social mediaOn Friday night the NBA’s commissioner, Adam Silver, made a statement that was both shocking an…

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Victoria Pendleton’s candour highlights again the vulnerability of ex-champions

The Olympic legend’s mental health battle is a reminder of the darkness that can descend when a sporting great’s career endsThere were no tears when Victoria Pendleton won her first Olympic gold medal. There was no great emotional climax, no comforting…

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Andy Murray’s career could be saved by metal hip implant, says Bob Bryan

• The 23-times grand slam doubles winner had surgery in August• Bryan wins on return and says Scot is ‘watching me like a hawk’The American doubles champion Bob Bryan, who is back on a tennis court five months after having a metal implant in his hip, s…

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‘Significant mouse problem’: Crystal Palace’s training ground given zero food hygiene rating

• Premier League club failed environmental health inspection• 10 supporters arrested after Brighton v PalaceCrystal Palace say they have taken action “to remedy the issues highlighted” after the kitchen at the club’s training ground was given a zero fo…

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Hernia mesh implants cost top British athlete five years of his career

Dai Greene says there should be more information so patients can weigh up risks • Revealed: how faulty implants harm patients worldwide• Why we’re examining the implants industryOne of Britain’s most successful athletes was forced to sit out an entire …

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‘We’ve seen so much growth’: how rugby is tackling children’s developmental issues | Jill Scanlon

Clinics use occupational therapy methods to facilitate development in kids with special needs – with positive resultsOn a warm and sunny Sunday morning in February this year, a small group of families came together in Royal Park on the edge of Melbourn…

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Cricket great Matthew Hayden suffers spinal injuries while surfing in Queensland

Former Test opener ‘dodged a bullet’ and is recovering from head and neck injuries Former Australian Test opener Matthew Hayden admits he’s lucky to have survived after suffering head and spinal injuries while surfing on a family holiday in Queensland….

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Labour pledges ban on TV gambling adverts during live sports

Tom Watson announces a number of policies designed to tackle addiction ‘epidemic’ Gambling companies will be banned from advertising on television during live sports if Labour wins the next general election, as part of a crackdown designed to tackle an…

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Brighton to offer free sanitary products to female fans in Premier League first

• Liverpool and Everton understood to be considering initiative• Thirteen clubs across UK have already signed upBrighton have become the first Premier League club to commit to providing female fans with free sanitary products after a campaign was launc…

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Sir Matt Busby airbrushed from Liverpool FC history? | Brief letters

Upskirting | Sir Matt Busby | Sign language | Vegetarianism | Thameslink | Clive JamesOnce the law is eventually passed to class upskirting as the criminal offence it clearly is (Upskirting bill is blocked by single Tory objection, 16 June), can the po…

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Steve Redgrave: ‘I feared diabetes would end my rowing career’

The five-time Olympic gold medallist discusses competing after his diagnosis – and breaking down barriers for othersWhen Sir Steve Redgrave was diagnosed with diabetes 20 years ago at the age of 35, he thought it would mean the end of his rowing career…

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Sound and vision: how a blind photographer shot the Games

Australian Andrew Follows is blind in one eye and has tunnel vision in the other, but his sense of hearing – and his labrador Leo – helped him capture the spirit of the Commonwealth GamesWith Leo, his labrador, fast asleep on the pool deck, Andrew Foll…

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Martin Adams: ‘Men are terrible at talking about our health, aren’t we?’

The former darts world champion discusses his battle with prostate cancer and why these days he is as happy to play for free in the local county leagues as on the biggest stageWhen you are a professional darts player called ‘Wolfie’, a former three-tim…

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Concussion is irreversible brain damage: we need to have this conversation | Ian Roberts

After a long rugby league career I wasn’t getting out without a scratch. But the news shocked meWhen the test results came back I was half-expecting negative news. I’d played nearly 250 games of rugby league and been concussed over a dozen times. I was…

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Sri Lankan bowler vomits in Delhi cricket match due to polluted air

Bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage are forced to take a break as harmful pollutants reach 12 times WHO safe limit A Sri Lankan player vomited on the field and was escorted off the ground as heavily polluted air continued to plague an internationa…

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Gambling charity warns betting firms are failing to fund addiction treatment

Bookmakers and betting companies are failing to honour pledge to donate to care, says leading charity GambleAwareGambling firms are failing to honour a pledge to donate part of their income to fund addiction treatment and should be forced to do so by l…

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NFL concussion: researchers hope blood tests can better detect head trauma

Several firms trying to develop new methods to assess extent of damageBaltimore’s Joe Flacco left Miami game with concussion after heavy hitIn the second quarter of an NFL game on Thursday night, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco slid to gain…

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World Rugby rejects ‘alarmist’ call for tackling and scrum ban in school sport

  • Experts call for ban on ‘harmful contact’ to reduce injury risk
  • World Rugby questions data and claims made in new study

World Rugby has rejected “extreme and alarmist” claims made in a study that calls on scrums and tackling to be banned at school level, with a number of former international players also speaking out against the proposal.

Allyson Pollock and Graham Kirkwood from the Institute of Health at Newcastle University had urged the government to remove the tackle and other forms of “harmful contact” from school rugby. They argued that removing collision is likely to “reduce and mitigate the risk of injury” and said governments have a duty to “ensure the safety of children”.

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