Flintoff to explore player depression

Updated: 29 July 2011 13:05 IST

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is set to interview current and former players on their experiences with depression during their sporting career.

London:

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is set to interview current and former players on their experiences with depression during their sporting career.

In what is being seen as an un-explored aspects of modern sport, the BBC reported that Flintoff has had first-hand experience of watching his colleagues privately deal with instances of varying mental illness.

The Dark Side of Sports which will air this coming winter will seek to understand the pressure that athletes are put under by the media, both personal as well as financial.

There have been several instances of English cricketers falling victims of depression. Flintoff's teammate, Marcus Trescothick had to pull out of two tours and later wrote a book on depression while Michael Yardy dropped out of this year's World Cup due to the same reason as well.

Other sportspersons have boxer Frank Bruno, Celtic football manager Neil Lennon and All Blacks rugby star John Kirwan have also spoken on their experiences earlier.

Topics : Cricket
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