According to a new British survey, almost one in four former athletes struggles with health, addiction or financial problems after retirement. The Professional Players Federation surveyed more than 1,200 former sports professionals to discover how they felt about life after sports.
The survey found that 16 percent of those surveyed said they struggled with depression or “feelings of despair, 17 percent experienced anxiety or stress, and 16 percent felt a loss of self esteem.
Kenny Samson, a former footballer, spoke candidly about his own struggle with alcoholism. He told Sky News after he retired, he spent all of his free time drinking: “You drink three or four times a week, then it becomes every day, and at one stage I was drinking eight or nine bottles of wine a day. I was drinking to forget problems… I’d get miserably drink and then just fall asleep somewhere on a park bench.”
Angus Porter, the chief executive of the Professional Cricketers’ Association, said: “It is important that we continue to provide support, particularly in the crucial two year period after they stop playing.”
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