Journal Club: UK professional male cricketers’ mental health and support experiences: A qualitative exploration

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Recently, UK professional cricket has seen tragic events, powerful testimonies, and increased media attention surrounding mental health, yet the experiences of players and the support they receive has continued to receive limited academic attention. Our study bridged that gap by qualitatively examining UK male professional cricketers’ experiences of mental health and mental health support. Through interviews with 15 current and former male UK professional cricketers, who had an average of 14 years’ experience, three key themes were developed:
(1) The emotional rollercoaster of a career in professional cricket,
(2) local vs national level mental health support and,
(3) nourishing vs malnourishing player’s mental health.
Firstly, a career in professional cricket had highs and lows that both stimulated a player’s mental health and led to mental health issues and impaired performance. Secondly, while national level mental health support was endorsed, the support was found to be reactive. Due to the continued perceived stigma and lack of openness at the local (County) level, players reported feeling uncomfortable to reach out for support. Lastly, by providing stability with contracts, helping players prepare for and through transitions, encouraging the development of healthy habits, and coaches communicating effectively and investing in their relationships with players, organizations have the potential to nourish, protect, and enhance professional cricketers’ mental health throughout their career. Our study has important implications for counties by highlighting the role and responsibility they have in breaking down stigma, creating an open and supportive environment around mental health and nourishing player’s mental health experiences.

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What Will You Learn?

  • The role of psychology in cricket players

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UK professional male cricketers’ mental health and support experiences: A qualitative exploration

  • Journal
  • Complete the quiz below to gain your CPD points. Each candidate has two attempts to get 70% as a pass mark

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