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This section of the website is not about 'scare tactics' or exaggerated
information, deception or falsehoods regarding drugs. It is not about 'putting someone down' or
'blaming', 'labelling', 'judging' etc.; it is hopefully realistic, honest and well intentioned; with
your welfare being the main priority.
The 'Kick Off' team is not that naive as to suggest you will never use drugs or
abuse alcohol. We hope you don't, but we accept that it is most probably the reality of the life of a
sportsperson. It is very unfortunate and ironic that taking substances with such negative physical &
psychological effect is done by those whose life, career and income is often derived from a sport requiring
dedication to optimum physical & psychological condition.
The aim of this section is simply to give you enough necessary information and
education regarding these substances in order that you (1) can make an informed decision regarding the use of
drugs, & (2) may have the opportunity to avoid potentially destroying your life (or aspects of your life),
relationships & family, damaging your performance &/or career in Rugby League. We hope to make you
aware of all the negative effects of these substances, despite the short lived, temporary and questionable
'positive' effects experienced.
The 'Kick Off' team is committed to the player. No judgment, no
condemnation. We accept you as you are. We simply wish to give you the best chance to have a successful &
productive career & life.
Written by J.J.Cale (performed
by Eric Clapton)
Link between Drug & Alcohol abuse and
There is strong evidence to suggest a
'link' between the use & abuse of both drugs &/or alcohol, and an underlying
People don't like feeling down. They don't like
being depressed, miserable or unhappy. 'Down times' are normal and serve two (2) main purposes. (1)
they are human reactions to a negative life experience, incident or event. This is appropriate and necessary
for our overall well-being. (2) They serve as a means to motivate a person to acheive, change or modify
aspects of their life.
The 2nd point is very relevant &
understandable to the Rugby League player. Who of you has felt the 'let down' and 'misery' at
having lost a Grand Final? Do you lie down, retire, spend the off-season miserable or lose interst
in the next season? One would hope not, particularly your coach or the club. This loss and the feelings
attached should, and usually do, motivate you to improve and attack the next season with the intention of
winning. Who can forget the scenes of the disconsolate Melbourne Storm players after their loss to Brisbane in
2006? A different story in 2007, though.
Unfortunately, people dislike feeling down and
unable to handle 'life's stressors'. They look for ways in which they can 'make themselves feel
better', or a way of 'numbing' the pain or 'blocking it out'; even if it's only for
a short while.
Drugs & Alcohol can serve this purpose; yet
the results & consequences from this temporary measure can have disasterous effects on your
The first and most significant point is that these
remedies will not 'cure' the problem. When you wake up the next day, they're still there; in fact they
may be worse.
Secondly, the measures you adopt to counter your
depressive feelings, themselves, have serious side effects and consequences; whether they be physical,
psychological, social or emotional. Add in financial, and you've got serious problems.
Thirdly, most of the substances used are
'depressants' in nature and can cause depression. Can you imagine being depressed, or having a
depressive illness, and taking a substance that is 100% sure to make your depression worse?
There is no instant cure for depression; there is
no magic pill that will suddenly 'take it all away'; there is no immediate solution to most problems.
As with training & conditioning for Rugby League, it takes effort.
There is little difference between the need for
physical conditioning and psychological conditioning. Both require effort, concentration, determination,
committment and discipline. Of course there are other things that will help or that may be necessary such as
counselling, medication, support, programs & education etc., but at the end of the day, you are the only
one who can make the decision and address the issues with which you are confronted and that are causing
your depressed mood.
We at 'Kick Off' are there to support,
encourage, guide and advise you; but our primary objective is to 'help you, help
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