Monthly Archives: November 2015

Healthy Distractions

  I'm sure that all of us, at some stage in our professional lives, have gone through periods of time that have tested us. Those times where you are really challenged, nothing seems to go your way and quite honestly, work seems to chew you up and spit you out however hard you try. During the summer of 2015, exactly that happened to me. My cricket season got off to an average start, a few things genuinely didn't go my way and before I knew it, it went from bad to worse. I took a bad blow to the head where I suffered concussion, which in turn kept me out of the team and then I couldn't get back in. I'm not blowing my own trumpet but this was something I wasn't used too. How do I deal with it? I can honestly say I tried everything to turn it around, but sometimes the harder you try the worse it becomes. I quickly made myself…

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Mike Powell- ‘I ended up on life support’

Mike Powell had a good, honest and successful professional cricketers career. He played over 450 games, scored 28 hundreds and over 18,000 runs for Glamorgan and Kent. Without representing England he achieved many of the goals one would want to reach and should be proud of what he did achieve in the game. What interested me though, and why I wanted to talk to him about his transition into life after cricket, was how prepared he was and what he expected. As well as the fact that when he was at his peak of his career, an illness struck him which not only nearly ended his cricket career, but nearly his life. I began by asking him about that scary moment. What happened? Basically my collar bone and top rib were closing together, blood should pass from your arm through veins between those bones, as those bones closed together blood stopped moving through as freely as it should ending up in a clot in my…

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