Depression and stress are taking the toll of soccer players as many of them are finding it difficult to deal with them. These are not my words but the words of FIFPro's chief medical officer Dr Vincent Gouttebarge. A soccer player has to deal with various injuries throughout his career and even after his retirement, the player has to deal with immense financial and personal pressure.
These all situations eventually lead to stress and stress leads to triggering of many diseases.
Cardiac Arrest is the common reason behind deaths of all the mentioned players. But, there is a major cause behind the triggering of that and it possibly can be stress.
26 percent of the present players show mental problems whereas 39 of the retired players show the condition.
He lost his life at such a young age with the cause being nothing but depression.
Alcohol abuse has also shot up from 9% in present players to 25% in retired players.
A large number of top players are feeling that mental fatigue which is even more shocking.
A lot of work is to be done for the proper conditioning and counselling of the future players to refrain from other cases of cardiac arrests.
The most recent example is of Clarke Carlisle, who almost committed suicide out of stress but he was saved at the right time. I hope the sport remains fatalty-free in future.