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The Protection Of Footballers

Sports persons are full of passion for their game and so are the Football players, but then the life of their career is very limited. With age & performance drop the soaring careers come to a fall.

Few take the strides cautiously during their prime years but some succumbs to their emotional turmoil. Few immature decisions & choices during their young days leave them bankrupt.

Footballers have to deal with a lot more than the physical effects once they’ve retired from the beautiful game. In this piece, we’ll show you some of the other struggles players have to deal with, what you should do if you are suffering and where you can go if you are need of some extra support. Sudden injuries, uprooting from the team or retirement leaves these once zealous players in a lurk and depression.

Here is an infographic which just peeks into few of the challenges these players face and the suggestions to realize & tackle them. Supporting Organizations are also there to lend their hands to help these players get over the struggles & lead a normal happy life.


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PROTECTING THE PROS

Whether you've had a career spanning 20 glorious years, or one that hardly got going, footballers have to deal with a lot more than physical effects once they've retired from the beautiful game. Here's some of the struggles they can go through and who's helping them.

DIFFICULTIES THAT FOOTBALLERS FACE

ADDICTION

Players who are suffering with addiction may find themselves depending on alcohol or drugs in order to cope.

FINANCIAL

Footballers can earn a lot of money, but if players haven't spent it wisely or saved up enough during their short careers, they can become financially unstable in their later years.

MENTAL

Ex-footballers can suffer from many mental illnesses after they've retired from the beautiful game. This can be anything from anxiety, because now they're not sure what to do, to depression, due to not being able to do what they love anymore.

"I HAD MY OWN TORTURE CHAMBER. IT WAS MY BEDROOM. EVERY DAY I WOULD RETURN FROM TRAINING, QUICKLY SMUGGLE MYSELF IN THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR, AND GET TO THAT PRIVATE SANCTUARY AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. THEN I WOULD STAY THERE, LOCKED IN MY OWN VERY CONFUSED THOUGHTS. I FELT ISOLATED AND A LITTLE DESPERATE, PERSECUTED AS WELL, AND I HAD TO OVERCOME ALL THOSE MESSED-UP EMOTIONS. IT WASN'T EASY AND IT TOOK TIME. PROBABLY EIGHTEEN MONTHS FOLLOWED BEFORE I HAD TRULY COME TO TERMS WITH LIFE AT UNITED AND I WOULDN'T WANT TO GO THROUGH SUCH AN ORDEAL AGAIN. - ANDREW COLE

IF I'M STRUGGLING, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If you find yourself struggling with either mental or physical issues and you need extra support, talk to someone. The last thing you should do is bottle up any emotions that you are finding hard to deal with. Find extra support by speaking to...

"I STARTED TO FEEL ANXIOUS AND HAD A SENSE OF FEAR ABOUT EVERYTHING. I FELT I HAD MADE MY FAMILY UNHAPPY BUT I TOOK IT OUT ON THEM. I DIDN'T KNOW ANYONE I COULD TALK TO ABOUT THINGS. MY PERFORMANCE STARTED SLIPPING AND I SPENT A FEW GAMES ON THE BENCH. I STARTED TO HAVE REAL PANIC ATTACKS – FEAR OF NOT PLAYING AND PERFORMING BADLY. DRINK WAS THE THINK THAT CALMED ME DOWN BUT THEN THE NEXT DAY THE ANXIETY WOULD BE WORSE. I BEGAN TO FEEL I HAD NO CONTROL OVER LIFE ON OR OFF THE PITCH." - PAUL GASCOGNE

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