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    Mental health problems of cricketers.

    How many cricketers have had depression or any mental health problem due to playing too much cricket?

    India has been playing 4 test series followed by tri odi series and then the world cup. With few days break, they will start playing IPL commencing on April 8th. How do cricketers manage so much workload? Doesn't it affect them mentally?

    If not cricket, is there any example of excessive workload in any sport causing mental health problems?

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    It exists. Less so at the top of the game than lower levels. Not sure excessive workload causes depression so much as travel and time away from family/friends. Obviously certain individuals suffer more than others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirkut View Post
    How many cricketers have had depression or any mental health problem due to playing too much cricket?

    India has been playing 4 test series followed by tri odi series and then the world cup. With few days break, they will start playing IPL commencing on April 8th. How do cricketers manage so much workload? Doesn't it affect them mentally?

    If not cricket, is there any example of excessive workload in any sport causing mental health problems?
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    Don't know if it's entirely related to playing too much cricket, I can recall Trescothick, Yardy and Trott suffered
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    I remember it happened to Mike Yardy (English) during the 2011 WC. Trescothick has also suffered from that kind of thing.

    EDIT: Guy above me got it.

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    There must be special features about cricket, which in the main I would think is the time spent away from home and loved ones, that enabled David Frith to write a whole book on the game's suicides

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    Fred,

    Can you tell us anything about depression pre-1990 in cricket, did many talk about it in their biographies etc.?
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    most known cases have been of english players, correct?

    without meaning to cause offence, is there more of a stigma and unwillingness to talk about it in other parts of the world? i can't imagine the uk is the only place where this happens. maybe i'm missing some other recent examples. mark vermuelen has had well documented problems come to think of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImpatientLime View Post
    most known cases have been of english players, correct?

    without meaning to cause offence, is there more of a stigma and unwillingness to talk about it in other parts of the world? i can't imagine the uk is the only place where this happens. maybe i'm missing some other recent examples. mark vermuelen has had well documented problems come to think of it.
    Yes most are English but there was very little professional cricket anywhere else in the world until comparatively recently

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teja. View Post
    Fred,

    Can you tell us anything about depression pre-1990 in cricket, did many talk about it in their biographies etc.?
    Tresco's was the first autobiography to tackle it that I recall, although I think Crusoe Robertson-Glasgow's may have as well - but biographies have - David Foot's of Walter Hammond and Harold Gimblett two very good ones. There are also biographies of Arthur Shrewsbury and Drewy Stoddart and a fair amount on Aubrey Faulkner - in fact I've written about Hammond, Gimblett and Faulkner myself - there must be others too

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    Cricket can sometimes be a killer of a game (2011)

    ........David Frith, the knowledgeable and prolific cricket writer, has written several books on the high incidence of cricket players committing suicide. His first book on the topic covered 80 cricket suicides. In later books he covered 150 suicides, and he says he is coming across new cases all the time.

    Frith’s conclusion is this: “Cricket, because it is so monopolistic, because it swallows you up before spitting you out, because it enfolds you and plays on the mind, filling you with confusion and self-doubt, is by far the major sport for suicides.”

    This argument that the nature of cricket itself is somehow involved with the suicide rate of cricketers is keenly disputed. Peter Roebuck and Mike Brearley insist that the game of cricket itself is not to blame.“It is not cricket,’ Brearley says, “which causes suicides: people kill themselves for reasons that are internal to themselves and their histories.”

    But Frith, who is the undoubted expert on this disturbing aspect of the sport, makes the point that cricket is a one-chance game that tears at the nerves of players who may be susceptible to these pressures: “Golfers, footballers, tennis players and boxers all have an assurance that they have a chance to recover from an early defeat in the game but cricket embodies uncertainty on the grand scale and on a relentless daily basis.”

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    Druitt one of those suspected of being Jack the Ripper - Les Hylton may not be cricket's only murderer, although I think the theory has been largely discredited now

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    Bairstow and Barnes wrote autobiographies, and there are bios of Barnes and Iverson

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    Not sure if he has gone public with it any where else but Andrew Flintoff revealed quite openly on Australia's "I'm a celebrity get me out of here" that he had suffered from depression throughout his career........he no longer drinks at all as a result.

    He said he felt it was widespread in cricket and sport in general.

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    Can't remember where I read it but there was an article a few years back that said cricketers and jockeys suffered most from depression out of sportsmen. If i stumble across it i will link it.

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