We need support structures for sports stars once they retire - psychologist

Dan Vickerman, the former Wallaby lock was 37-years-old when he died at his family home in Sydney on Saturday night.

South African-born Vickerman played 63 tests for Australia after his debut in 2002 and featured in three World Cup campaigns before being forced to call time on his career because of a leg injury less than a year after the 2011 tournament.

His death has been attributed to a possible suicide.

John Maytham talks to Dr Henning Gericke, Sports Psychologist, about how players cope psychologically when the career comes to an end.

With an often uncertain future and no longer being in the limelight, some former players do not cope.

We definitely need to do something about it and there are no support structures.

Dr Henning Gericke, Sports Psychologist

Listen to Dr Gericke's views on how to support sports people after they leave the limelight:


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