The reality of "Life after Sport"
I was lucky enough to be invited to the Professional Players Federation's Conference on "Life after Sport" held at the Belfry on September 12 2013.
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"90% needed to work after their sporting career had finished" but less than 10% know what they want to do once they have finished playing sports at an elite level.
Selorm Kuadey's plea for change management and better career transition support is very important. Most athletes expect to retire in 10-15 years at a time of their own choosing however most athletes are dismissed due to injury or other commercial variables.
I believe athletes should have the same level of discipline that they displayed towards sports when studying as a child as they do towards planning for a life after sports.
Unlike any other profession, being a professional athlete is only a stepping stone to their true identity. A singer can sing until their 70s and 80s, an actor can act for just as long (look at Morgan Freeman). Athletes must treat the game as a period of glory fulfilment when they can prepare for the next stages of their lives.
Life after sport is a challenging period in an athletes that must be approached with passion and due diligence.