Tommy Bowe Makes Startling Revelation Regarding Recent Injury
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Tommy Bowe has revealed that he feared his latest injury setback might have been his last.
The Ulster and Ireland winger has suffered four serious injuries in consecutive seasons and has admitted that there were times during his rehabilitation that made him think that he had played his last game of rugby.
Ireland colleague Sean O’Brien has suffered a similar faith to Bowe in recent seasons with a string of injuries, and recently said in an interview that should he suffer another serious injury he will retire from the game entirely.
Bowe said that he spoke to former Munster fullback and Ulster teammate Stephen Ferris about the possibility of retirement. Both players have been forced into retirement at an early age in recent years.
“I’ve chatted with Stephen Ferris and Felix Jones about when you’re told that it’s not going to get any better and that’s always the fear. That’s what keeps you up at night.”
The Irish winger was speaking at the Ulster Public Panel Discussion as part of IRUPA’s Tackle Your Feelings campaign, and noted that mental health issues have become a huge area of concern in rugby and sport in general.
This is my 13th season in professional rugby and I’ve found that mental health has become a huge area of concern in sport. Throughout my career I’ve found it difficult to deal with injury, but it’s equally tough when you are dropped or have a bad game.
“The mental side of sport is so huge nowadays, especially as you’re trying to get the best out of people. A lot of it is about being able to perform under pressure in some big, big games but with that come the highs and the lows. It’s important to work at trying to keep yourself on a level playing field, so that you’d don’t go too high when things are going great and you don’t go too low at the other end”
Thankfully Bowe made his return this past weekend and will be hoping he can get back to his very best and push for his spot with both Ulster and Ireland again.