Live

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-10:00 AM

LIVE: OTB AM
Andy Dunne says burnout is an...
Other Sports

Andy Dunne says burnout is an issue with school players

Off The Ball
Off The Ball

17:55 2 Jan 2018

Andy Dunne joined this morning’s OTB AM to discuss the issue of parenting and development of rugby in the country.

The conversation was a talking point after Vincent Hogan spoke on the Sunday Paper Review about Brendan Fanning’s piece in the Sunday Independent.

"Well, I think there’s a balance between ‘everybody is a winner' and 'everybody gets a medal'," Dunne explained. "I don’t think that’s the route to go, either. I think a kid needs to know how to lose, and how to win, but not at the expense of skill development.”

Dunne says his experience from coaching at club level has led him to notice a trend in which players finishing the school system in Leinster suffer burnout from the physical and mental strain.

"What seems to be coming out of school system at the moment is either: A) the finished article, or B) I never want to see another rugby ball again," Dunne said.

"So, at a club level, we’re coaching amateur guys at 18 and 19. We have guys coming to us, six months out of the game, saying that they need a break from the game. It is quite a shock to hear a 19-year-old say that.”

The former Leinster player said the burnout might be related to the influence of parents pushing their children to reach unattainable heights on the sports field.

"There are plenty of parents who have the nous and smarts on how to raise their children in a practical way too, in terms of sport.”

The Castleknock man says the physicality of the game is not the only attribute young players must have, however. The mental drive and determination to make it to the highest level must be there, regardless of how hard the parents push them to improve and work on their physical preparation.

"From a rugby point of view, it’s becoming such a physical game, so challenging," Dunne said. "If only the parents want the child to get through, it’s not going to happen. It takes a hell of a lot of drive to be successful in rugby, just purely from a physical point of view."

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Up next

State Of The Union

State Of The Union

10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

Richie’s Isolation Mix

Richie’s Isolation Mix

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

OTB

OTB

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Newsround

LIVE: Newsround

07:00 PM-07:30 PM

Share

LIVE: John Giles

LIVE: John Giles

07:30 PM-08:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Off The Ball

LIVE: Off The Ball

08:00 PM-09:00 PM

Share

LIVE: The Football Show

LIVE: The Football Show

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Off The Brawl

LIVE: Off The Brawl

10:00 PM-11:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

11:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

12:00 AM-02:00 AM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

02:00 AM-05:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

OTB's Crappy Quiz

OTB's Crappy Quiz

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on