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Players union warns FIFA not overlook health implications of new tournaments

ZURICH (Reuters) - The well-being and health of footballers must be a priority for global soccer body FIFA as it makes plans for two major new international soccer tournaments, the world players' union said on Thursday.

German sailors downplay Rio water health risk; worry about wind, debris

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - German Olympic sailors, one of whom was infected last year by a flesh-eating bacteria after a test run in Rio de Janeiro's sewage-tainted Guanabara Bay, said this week they are less worried about health risks than racing effectively in shifty winds and wild currents while avoiding floating debris.

Sailors compete with constant health fear in Rio waters

BERLIN (Reuters) - The bad water quality at Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay puts Paralympic sailors in constant fear of their health during competitions with organisers having failed to live up to their promises, Paralympic champion Heiko Kroeger said on Tuesday.

Gascoigne detained under Mental Health Act

Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne was being treated for mental health problems yesterday, a day after being detained by police.

French team doctor: Some clubs are not paying sufficient attention to players' health

French team doctor Jean-Marcel Ferret said on Friday that some clubs are not paying sufficient attention to the health of their players and that FIFA should act to protect their prize assets.

Our riders and horses in good health

All 12 members of Malaysian team for next week's FEI World Endurance Championship in Terengganu and their horses are in good health despite having to undergo gruelling training in the current unfavourable weather conditions.

Maradona in ‘perfect health’ after surgery

Former world football legend Diego Armando Maradona is in 'perfect health' after undergoing gastric bypass surgery in order to help him reduce weight, one of his surgeons said on Wednesday.

Warning: Watching Finals may be bad for health

Health experts are sounding a cautionary note about the World Cup Finals, saying that some matches could be quite literally heart-stopping.

Rugby league - Kangaroos great Inglis enters care for 'mental health'

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Greg Inglis, the 2009 rugby league world player of the year who retired last month, has entered a care facility to assist with his mental health, the South Sydney Rabbitohs said on Friday.

Rugby: Rebels coach fears for players' mental health

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Persistent speculation that the Melbourne Rebels are set for the Super Rugby chopping block has taken a heavy toll on the team's players and could be damaging to their mental health, assistant coach Morgan Turinui said on Tuesday.