Editor’s note: An interesting look at whether 2D:4D ratio predicts sporting prowess, and if so, how that is related to robust mental health. Examine your fingers. Which is longer? Is it the index finger (the finger you use to point with – technically the second digit, or 2D, counting the thumb), or the ring finger … Continue reading Finger size does matter… in sports
I have a big pile of them now. Letters from my bank to say I have missed yet another payment for either council tax, phone or utility bill. And every time I open them, it is another reminder that I feel like I am failing. That I, Gail Emms, Olympic Silver Medalist, am a failure. … Continue reading ‘I’m ashamed to admit I’m struggling’ – Gail Emms on retiring from sport
The media has been full of people piling on tennis player Bernard Tomic in the past week. Tomic was knocked out of the first round of Wimbledon earlier this month. Since then, he’s suggested in several interviews that he rarely gives a 100 per cent to the sport and has lost any love for it … Continue reading Is Bernard Tomic suffering from serious burnout?
Crossing the Line has been working with the Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team for the past year, delivering our personal development programme to the riders and staff. Michael Drapac has been a staunch supporter and thought leader in athlete welfare for many years. As a lifelong observer of cycling, I was excited to start working with … Continue reading Why cycling is so much more than an endurance sport
Kristen Worley has settled her human rights application with Cycling Canada, the Ontario Cycling Association and Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Worley sought changes to the policies, guidelines, rules and processes surrounding XY female athletes, gender verification and therapeutic use of required hormones that are captured by anti-doping regulations. “Today, I am satisfied that the sport of … Continue reading Canadian athlete Kristen Worley wins landmark human rights application to promote inclusive sporting environments
We have approximately 60,000 thoughts a day. Think about that, or maybe don’t. Seventy per cent of those thoughts are negatively skewed. I must constantly remind myself that not all thoughts are important and need attention. As my psych would say, ‘put it on a leaf and let it float away’. It’s also important to … Continue reading Food for thought; thought for food
You probably know the New Zealand All Blacks – one of greatest and most successful of all sporting team identities – for their impressive on-pitch skills, or their practice of performing the traditional war cry, the haka, before each rugby match. The team of bulky, imposing men stamping their feet and slapping their arms is one that … Continue reading What the All Blacks can teach athletes about accepting mental vulnerability
Athlete Voices: Sione Faumuina (NRL) It has been seven years since my professional rugby league career ended and I must say, I am only now starting to realise what it is I actually want to do. However, I still miss some of the perks that came with being a pro athlete in the NRL. No … Continue reading NRL’s Sione Faumuina on preparing for transition
Anonymous: Who am I if I do not swim anymore? “I will never retire – I will just keep doing Masters”. So I blindly said in my early 30s, when zipping seamlessly between open age and masters competitions was a breeze. Now in my mid 40s, those open age races are near impossible and suddenly … Continue reading Who am I if I do not swim anymore?
Brett Horsnell case: Beginning of an avalanche? It has finally happened. An athlete taking a club or federation to court for lack of care post transition. In Australia, Brett Horsnell is taking his NRL club Parramatta Eels to court. It is a landmark case. Thousands of former athletes will read about it and wonder if … Continue reading Brett Horsnell Case