How elite sport can be a lonely, isolating and vulnerable place

May 15, 15 How elite sport can be a lonely, isolating and vulnerable place

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Why does a top Premier League manager feel alone? How can you feel isolated, with no-one to turn to, in a bustling dressing room? Why can a jet-setting sporting lifestyle leave you feeling like a stranger in your own home? By Tom Reynolds for BBC Sport Elite sport can appear a privileged profession, a chance to live out the...

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Dreams to Dust: Life After Football for the Future Stars Who Never Quite Made It

Mar 13, 15 Dreams to Dust: Life After Football for the Future Stars Who Never Quite Made It

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Their prodigious footballing talents were spotted at an early age, and they were soon snapped up and attached to the biggest clubs writes Andy Mitten from United We Stand in the Bleacher Reports. They won professional contracts, sharing dressing rooms and bedrooms with some of the biggest names in world football. Some even played...

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Retirement can present a mental challenge to former players, according to Ray Parlour

Feb 05, 15 Retirement can present a mental challenge to former players, according to Ray Parlour

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Former Arsenal and England midfielder Ray Parlour has highlighted the difficulties former players face when their careers are over. Following Clarke Carlisle’s revelation that he attempted to take his own life last year, Parlour admits it’s difficult to adjust to a normal existence after leading a ‘regimented...

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Life after football: ‘Players need much more help’

Feb 03, 15 Life after football: ‘Players need much more help’

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A study which shows that over half of footballers suffer from a clinical level of psychological distress after being released from a club at a young age has led to further calls for improved after-care in the game as explained here by RTE Sport The study at Teeside University in England indicated that 55% of a sample of players...

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Bradley warns emerging stars of pitfalls that lie ahead

Dec 17, 14 Bradley warns emerging stars of pitfalls that lie ahead

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Former Arsenal protege opens his heart about mistakes that made for an unfulfilled career: Stephen Bradley’s scars have healed – both the physical and the emotional ones by  Garry Doyle in the www.independent.ie Now a retired footballer who has turned his eye to coaching and scouting, the very personal story Bradley tells...

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Research Journal Paper: The relationship between athletic identity and problems of retirement from athletics in Iran

Sep 19, 14 Research Journal Paper: The relationship between athletic identity and problems of retirement from  athletics in Iran

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This is a research journal paper looking at sport retirement transition to a normal life and the problem`s that may arise and to be aware of when a career comes to an end. ABSTRACT Retirement from competitive sport is special kind of transition. Transition from competitive sport may be difficult process. Some researchers believe...

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