The concern that haunts Melbourne Storm prop Christian Welch

“I nonetheless have loads of worries,” he mentioned. “It’s arduous. I nonetheless work with a sports activities pysch. Each pre-game I nonetheless suppose I’m going to reinjure my knee. Even coming again on with 15 minutes to go [against the Raiders] behind thoughts I used to be pondering, ‘Do not get injured, do not get injured’.

“I feel that’s pure with my damage previous I’ve had. You may have simply received to take it on. I’m fortunate the place I play is fairly full-on. It’s fairly chaotic within the center so that you don’t have a lot time to consider issues.”

Christian Welch gets another chance to break his premiership curse.

Christian Welch will get one other probability to interrupt his premiership curse.Credit score:NRL Pictures

Welch’s secret weapon has been Jacqui Louder, a Melbourne psychologist who consults with the Storm. Louder has outfitted Welch with some instruments to get previous his damage paranoia and has additionally helped different gamers on the membership guarantee they step as much as the plate in main video games.

“Jacqui has labored with a whole lot of completely different sports activities – Olympians and tennis gamers – and labored a good bit with us on the psychological aspect of performing nicely,” Welch mentioned. “I suppose the final couple of years now we have had actually sturdy seasons however simply fallen quick a few occasions. She has been actually good for us in making an attempt to channel our greatest efficiency for these large video games.

“I used to be struggling a bit earlier within the 12 months and he or she simply mainly mentioned to only take into consideration if you happen to do [reinjure] it, what are you going to do … and to have a plan if it does occur once more. Simply don’t block it out utterly however settle for it as a risk.”