Marland Yarde Discusses Overcoming Mental Struggles After Injury
Earlier this month, Morson hosted the latest Sale Sharks Business Club event which focused on the topic of Overcoming Mental Challenges in Sport and in Business, with the main idea being to raise awareness of mental health.
One of the speakers on the star-studded panel was Sharks winger, Marland Yarde who has recently been through one of the most testing points of his career.
The 26-year-old sustained a season-ending injury after dislocating his knee during a Premiership game against Newcastle in October and spoke to Morson about what effect this experience on the sidelines has had on him:
“I’m used to training everyday and playing games on weekends that’s what drives me playing those match days. To have that taken away from me was hard to take but the important thing for me was that I allowed myself to grieve on that for a few days. There’s no point allowing that to affect you, it’s very important to get that mental switch”
Even though these past few weeks will undoubtedly have been difficult for Marland, he values the support from those closest to him as a major factor in his physical and mental recovery:
“I’ve got a great support team around me with my girlfriend, my family and my friends. They’ve all helped me through that period and helped me get back on that right track. I’m currently ahead of schedule, I’m off crutches and these little small wins that are helping me with the mental side of things”
Yarde also highlighted the fact that no matter what you do for a living, it’s vital to look after your mental health:
“Mental health is a massive area in Rugby, whether that’s through depression, concussion or other different types of things. There’s a lot of things that can relate that to Sport and Business as well, a lot of people have to go through things that will affect their mental health. It’s not turning a blind eye to it, it’s acknowledging it and trying to help make improvements to people’s lives”
Marland also gave his opinion on what people working in business can learn from athletes in terms of how they approach their day to day lives:
“From my experience, I’ve got injured but it’s that next job mentality where I look at what I can do off the field that will make me a better player on the field. I’m guessing in a business environment, when you have got setbacks, it’s about what you can do next to learn from those”