British poll: Many former athletes struggle with addiction and illness
LONDON (REUTERS) - Almost a quarter of former sportsmen have battled with health, addiction or financial problems after retiring, according to a British survey published on Thursday.
More than 1,200 retired footballers, rugby union and league players, jockeys and cricketers were polled by the Professional Players Federation (PPF), an umbrella body of players' unions who interviewed a wide range of former sports professionals aged from 22 to 95.
Simon Taylor, the PPF general secretary, told Reuters some female jockeys may have been polled but 99 per cent of the respondents were men.
The results showed that while 79 per cent said they were content with their lives, 32 per cent said they did not feel in control in the first two years after leaving sport.