Kaizer Chiefs doctor Jerome Mampane has urged clubs to seriously consider using sports psychologists, when reflecting on October’s Mental Awareness Month.
Mamelodi Sundowns co-coaches Rulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela have also made mention of mental health issues at clubs recently.
In an interview with Kaizer Chiefs’ website, Mampane said he believes that it was important for clubs to have a sport psychologist available to deal with and help players with their various issues if required.
“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,” Jerome Mampane said.
“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.”
Doctor Mampane says there is a stigma among sports people in dealing with mental health issues which he has noticed while working with players himself on a daily basis.
“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,” Jerome Mampane 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.”