In his column in this week’s Gaelic Life, Pauric Grimes explains a moment when fitness lost out to mental fortitude.
He tells the story of one of his clients, a former professional footballer who was on the brink of playing in the Premier League.
“My client told me that he played against Roy Keane. It was Keane’s first game back from his cruciate ligament injury. It was mid season so my man was flying fit.
“He’d made a few of the first team match day squads, and was at the absolute peak of his powers.
“Then a half fit, one legged Roy Keane bullied him around the pitch for 90 minutes.
“He said he knew he was fitter, knew he was stronger, he knew he had much more match sharpness, but he also knew he was going head to head with Roy Keane.”
Pauric goes on to explain how working on mental strength during training can help with this situation.
Read the full article in the current issue of Gaelic Life.