Denmark’s efficiency at Euro 2020 could have been boosted within the wake of Christian Eriksen’s dramatic collapse on the pitch – and so they might now be impressed to beat England in tonight’s semi-final conflict, a prime psychologist has stated.
Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in the course of the Danish group’s opening match of the match, together with his teammates forming a sequence across the midfielder as he was resuscitated on the touchline.
The 29-year-old has since been discharged from hospital after being fitted with an under-skin coronary heart starter gadget – however consultants have warned he’s unlikely to play professionally once more.
Dr Victor Thompson, a medical sports activities psychologist, says Eriksen’s teammates would have been supplied “psychological first support” following the participant’s collapse – and so they might now be in a greater place to win Euro 2020.
“It could really be a bonding expertise that they’ve all been by means of one thing actually fairly troublesome but it surely’s given them an excellent connection,” he informed Sky Information.
“It could assist push away among the regular stresses and strains and put issues into perspective in a useful approach for the gamers.
“It is positively doable that this expertise provides them a special understanding, a special that means, a special motivation and so they really feel extra emboldened to ship.
“That is nice psychological preparation for an enormous match. You’d like to have that inside a group.
“After all, it is occurred for a horrible purpose but it surely’s an excellent mentality to have for an enormous occasion.”
Denmark captain Simon Kjaer, who was praised for his fast response to Eriksen’s collapse, is reported to have stated his teammate’s near-death expertise “did one thing to the group”.
He was quoted as saying: “We thrive and we’re protected collectively.
“We all know we are able to belief the folks round us. We all know that if considered one of us is in hassle, then another person is there for you.”
After their dramatic first match, Denmark’s sporting director Peter Moller revealed the gamers had been given “psychological assist”.
Dr Thompson, who has labored with athletes who’ve skilled “vital traumatic occasions”, warned that Eriksen’s teammates could possibly be prone to growing post-traumatic stress dysfunction.
He stated: “They’ve witnessed one thing that’s traumatic the place they thought any individual else could possibly be significantly injured or might die – and that is the kind of occasion that’s linked to PTSD.
“All of the gamers witnessed that and so they’ve been near it.
“It might improve the chance of producing PTSD.
“PTSD can be identified if there’s a vital detrimental change in behaviour in a person no less than a month after witnessing the occasion.
“It might warrant extra formal intervention by a psychologist with coaching in the best way to work with PTSD or trauma.”
Dr Thompson stated the “psychological first support” supplied to the Danish gamers would contain serving to them perceive their responses to a traumatic expertise.
“It is traumatic to see a fellow participant – somebody who’s in your group, somebody who’s a buddy, somebody effectively – to be in such medical issue, and also you’re very involved that he is possibly not going to outlive,” he stated.
“It is an irregular occasion they’ve witnessed and been a part of. The mind has to soak up it and make some changes and accommodate that have.
“The shock, the denial, the disbelief, the anger, the upset, the worry you would possibly expertise – the rise in feelings, being distracted by issues, possibly a change in behaviour… disturbed sleep, maybe some nightmares, or searching for out the help of different folks – that is totally regular as a response to one thing that is traumatic.
“As a psychologist, you would be on the look out for individuals who aren’t settling very effectively psychologically – possibly they’re extra agitated, their sleep sample is extra disturbed, they’re extra upset, they’re extra indignant, or they’re extra withdrawn than regular.
“Then it is reaching out to these folks and providing to speak to them… to see if they might do with some further help.”
After returning to the pitch following Eriksen’s collapse, Denmark misplaced their first sport to Finland 1-0 however went on to qualify from their group, earlier than thrashing Wales 4-0 within the last-16 and beating the Czech Republic 2-1 within the quarter-finals.
It has arrange a mouth-watering tie with England at Wembley tonight for a spot within the ultimate – because the Danes goal to repeat their sudden Euros victory in 1992.