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Chiefs Doctor’s Plea: It’s Important To Have Them…

A doctor at one of the Big Three clubs has made a request to the football fraternity concerning mental health.

Jerome Mampane, the Kaizer Chiefs doctor, has reflected back on the month of October, which has been declared Mental Awareness Month and urged rival clubs to seriously consider the use of sports psychologists.

Over the past several weeks, coaches like Rulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela of Mamelodi Sundowns have played their part too in speaking out on the topic.

“For our sporting environment, I always say that it’s important to have a psychologist or a sport psychologist to deal with some of the issues faced by players,” Mampane was quoted on the official Chiefs website.  

“Unfortunately, not many sports teams make use of sport psychologists and it’s important to have them. It’s an area of growth because we really need to make an effort to ensure that we tackle this issue.”

He confirmed the stigma around mental health and argued that athletes, among them football players like he walks with on a daily at Amakhosi, aren’t immune.

“It’s about how you project yourself to the outside world. Mental health speaks to how you perform and what you bring to work or training as an athlete. Mental health affects many of us on a daily basis,” the Chiefs doctor explained.

“Sometimes they are not selected, some have long-term injuries and it affects players’ mental well-being. A lot of education is important in families, so that it is treated as normal and tackled. We need to use months such as this one to educate families and society in general about the importance of dealing with mental health issues.”

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