Mental health is just as important to look after as physical health. Athletes particularly can feel a lot of pressure in training, competition and in everyday life. Making sure athletes are mentally healthy is just as important as making sure they are physically fit. Coaches, family, friends and training partners can all help to look after each other and help people deal with issues they may be having. We look at illnesses such as depression and how to identify symptoms and aid recovery.
A certain degree of fatigue is normal in an athlete training hard for their sport or event. However, excessive and persistent fatigue and feelings of legarthy with a reduced sporting performance, often indicate a more serious problem.
Depression is an illness which results in feelings of extreme sadness that interfere with your daily life. Often the terms clinical depression and depressive illness are also used to describe depression.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a hotly debated condition, to the extent that some medical professionals debate its very existence. CFS has previously been known as Neurasthenia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).