WHERE DID THE CONCEPT FOR TACKLE YOUR FEELINGS COME FROM?
Tackle Your Feelings is the product of many years working with professional and elite athletes to enhance on-pitch performance and off-pitch welfare.
Mental wellbeing is a subject often associated with stigma, particularly among young males. In our society that idolises the macho ideal of physical and mental toughness, it’s no wonder that many people are still uncomfortable discussing their emotions and admitting to feelings of vulnerability.
When we think of the stereotypical high performance athlete it conjures up images of mentally tough, physically strong, battle-hardened sportspeople. Emotional vulnerability is the last thing that springs to mind. However an IRUPA member survey of male professional rugby players in Ireland conducted in 2014 showed that mental wellbeing was an area of concern for many players. The results revealed that high percentages of players struggled with mental wellbeing issues such as worrying about playing performance (67%), trouble sleeping as a result of this worry (74%) and relationship challenges (40%).