De Luca Calls For More Mind Health Help

Written by on January 5, 2018

More must be done to keep players mentally healthy amid the “hugely pressured and competitive environment” of professional rugby, according to former Scotland centre Nick De Luca.

The 33-year-old believes British clubs and coaches often lack the knowledge to address mental wellbeing, and that players are frequently reluctant to open up.

De Luca knows of recent internationals “who are really struggling just now”, arguing that emotional health should be approached with the same rigor as gym work, physical fitness and tactical analysis.

“People go away and disappear and it’s not reported. Friends that played with me in the Scotland team are really struggling just now, and there’s nothing being said or done to assist those people.” said De Luca.

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