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  • Published: 2 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241451311
  • Imprint: Penguin Life
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $35.00

Keeping Your Head in the Game

Untold Stories of the Highs and Lows of a Life in Sport



The Examined Life for sports fans -from psychotherapist and broadcaster, Gary Bloom

Elite athletes play out their lives in the most public of arenas. Everything they do is analysed in real time and then picked apart in the press afterwards. 'Why did they miss that penalty?', 'What made them fall at the first jump?', 'That press conference was a bit weird.' We can all speculate, but what's really going on? In Keeping YourHead in the Game we peer into this highly confidential world. We follow the journeys of ten athletes in their therapy sessions with sports psychotherapist Gary Bloom, from a rugby player arrested for a drunken brawl, through a homesick cricketer on tour, to a snooker player struggling with his feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. Structured around the emotions we all experience on a daily basis - shame, anger, fear, jealousy and envy, love -chapter by chapter, the inner traumas that have an impact on the performance of these sports personalities are revealed, explained and resolved. Seeing how they overcome their demons is a powerful way of tackling your own and, as Gary says, happier players play better - in sport and in life.

  • Published: 2 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241451311
  • Imprint: Penguin Life
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $35.00

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