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NRL’s idea to return crowds to stadiums within weeks ‘absurd and dangerous’, says doctors’ association

Australian Medical Association president says desire to allow limited number of fans back by 1 July ‘belongs in the sin bin’ The NRL’s ambitious push to get crowds back into stadiums on match days in a matter of weeks has been dismissed as “absurd and …

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Luke Chadwick: ‘It’s worth going through the torment if it helps others’

The former Manchester United winger on the fallout from discussing jokes about his appearance affecting his mental healthIt says a lot about Luke Chadwick that he ended up feeling bad when he saw Nick Hancock apologising on BBC Breakfast for making fun…

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Luke Chadwick: ‘It’s worth going through the torment if it helps others’

The former Manchester United winger on the fallout from discussing jokes about his appearance affecting his mental healthIt says a lot about Luke Chadwick that he ended up feeling bad when he saw Nick Hancock apologising on BBC Breakfast for making fun…

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Luke Chadwick: ‘It’s worth going through the torment if it helps others’

The former Manchester United winger on the fallout from discussing jokes about his appearance affecting his mental healthIt says a lot about Luke Chadwick that he ended up feeling bad when he saw Nick Hancock apologising on BBC Breakfast for making fun…

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Frank Lampard says football used to be ‘in stone age’ on mental health

Chelsea manager to appear in documentary with Prince WilliamLampard believes situation has improved but more can be doneFrank Lampard has said attitudes around mental health in football were stuck in the stone age during his playing career and that foo…

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Experts call for inquiry into Cheltenham festival decision

Figures suggest coronavirus deaths rose as a result of racing event going ahead in MarchCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePublic health experts have called for an investigation into whether the decision to allow the Cheltenham…

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Experts call for inquiry into Cheltenham festival decision

Figures suggest coronavirus deaths rose as a result of racing event going ahead in MarchCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePublic health experts have called for an investigation into whether the decision to allow the Cheltenham…

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Closing the UK’s parks and public spaces really could be a tipping point | Barney Ronay

There is always compromise, always managed space – but banning exercise in this country would be a disasterYou can take our pubs and our shopping centres. You can wall us up behind the front door with Netflix and newsagent wine. But don’t take away our…

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‘This is a calling’: A nurse’s journey from UFC fighter to Covid-19 frontline

Phillipe Nover was trained to inflict damage on his opponents in the octagon. Now he is helping save lives in a city stricken by coronavirusAmong the steady stream of stretchers nurse practitioner Phillipe Nover saw pass through his New York City area …

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The sports world knows what concussion can do. So why does no one talk about it? | Stephanie Convery

At the inquest into the death of Sydney boxer Davey Browne, journalist and boxer Stephanie Convery’s anger rose. The industry had failed to protect its ownNobody in boxing talks about concussion.Given the objective of the sport is quite literally to hi…

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Redefining the ‘strong man’: Tyson Fury praised for openness on mental health

Boxer was taunted about depression by Deontay Wilder in run-up to heavyweight title fightTyson Fury’s struggle with his mental health was ridiculed by his opponent in the run-up to the most anticipated heavyweight title fight in decades. “Don’t you eve…

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Air pollution has major impact on children in sport, study warns

Breathe GB warns of damage to lungs and performance in survey of training groundsBritain’s future sporting performance could be hampered by air pollution because some UK training grounds are in areas with dangerously high pollution levels, a report has…

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Tony Adams: ‘Alcohol gave me a good hiding – I needed a lot of pain’

Adams says Sporting Chance, the 20-year-old charity he set up for those in sport with addiction and mental health issues, eclipses all he achieved in his illustrious playing career“Captaining your country, going out at Wembley, captaining Arsenal to 10…

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Mixed reception for proposal to ban children heading footballs

Campaigners welcome ‘positive step’, but some working in children’s football question how enforceable it would bePeter Monk gave a wry response when asked if he thought children should be allowed to head a football from a young age.“To be honest, with …

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Can heading a football lead to dementia? The evidence is growing

Concussion can have lifelong consequences and children are particularly at riskThe death in 2002 of the former England and West Bromwich Albion striker Jeff Astle from degenerative brain disease placed the spotlight firmly on the possibility of a link …

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Children in Scotland could be banned from heading footballs over dementia link

Scottish Football Association finalising proposalsChildren under 12 could be banned from heading in trainingShare your experiencesChildren under the age of 12 could be banned from heading the ball in training in Scotland because of links between footba…

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‘I have an illness. I’ve accepted that’: Paul Merson opens up on his depression

• Merson says he ‘couldn’t see a way out’ 12 months ago• FA Cup ties will kick off late as part of ‘Take a Minute’ campaignPaul Merson has spoken candidly about his experience with depression, in the hope that speaking out will help others address thei…

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‘It gave me a sense of normality’: how football helps men with mental health

A five-a-side football initiative in Wigan is thriving because it gives men who might have become isolated an outletIn 2017 Peter Hill set up Place2Place FC, a five-a-side team in Wigan for men facing challenging circumstances. It followed the loss of …

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Footballers’ mental health messages to be shown before FA Cup ties

Wellbeing suggestions will be screened in stadiums in an awareness initiativeFor Jesse Lingard and Alex Scott, yoga helps. Son Heung-Min prefers an early night, while Chris Kamara takes a long walk and Harry Maguire plays golf. These are some of the wa…

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Rising temperatures could imperil future of Boxing Day Test cricket, report warns

Event may need to be played at night or in shoulder season as climate crisis exposes players and fans to unprecedented levels of extreme heatThe Melbourne Boxing Day Test may have to be played at night or moved away from Christmas to November or March …