Magazine / Sport. When the head no longer follows the body

Getting paid to play sports, many dream of it, few succeed. And those who evolve at the highest level are constantly confronted with the pressure of the performance, the entourage, the fans … to the point that some crack.

It was only a few years ago that the word about depression really got out of hand. In 2018, basketball players DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love lifted the taboo by publicly admitting to being depressed. A year later, Marcel Kittel said he was « exhausted » when announcing the end of his career. « I lost all the motivation to torture myself on a bicycle », then explained the German.

The cyclist with 14 stage victories on the Tour de France had mentioned the external pressure and the sacrifices required …

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