Putting everything in context

There are plenty of statistics that show why more needs to be done to support people through transition in sport. Here's a taster...

26 Apr Putting everything in context

There is lots of insightful research, reports and other content that can help to inform policy and practice in terms of supporting people through transition in sport.

Over coming months we will share more of this with you – including the things we are aware about and think are important to share and also the research and insight work we are directly involved with. The focus will always be on taking the applied lessons for policy makers or practitioners, along with helping to shape ongoing research into transition in sport.

To set some context in terms of why we believe that more can be done, here are just a few of the statistics we have seen.


The forgotten majority in sport:

  • 96% of football scholars signed by clubs at 16 will not play again from the age of 18 – of those who do earn pro contracts only 2% will still be pros past 21(Source: XPRO)
  • 98% of College athletes in the US don’t go pro (Source: Al Jazeera)
  • 55% of footballers between 15 & 18 released by clubs suffered problems such as depression, anxiety & loss of confidence treat buy effexor venlafaxine online or turned to alcohol & substance use within 1 month of being released (Source: Teeside University)


The realities of transition:

  • 90% of pro athletes need to work after retirement from sport, and most are in “normal” jobs (Source: PPF)
  • Within 2 years of retirement, 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress (Source: Sports Illustrated)
  • 60% of former NBA players are broke within 5 years of retirement (Source: Sports Illustrated)
  • 61% of former Rugby Union players have an injury that has impacted on their life; 36% had a career ending injury (Source: RPA)
  • Only half of former Rugby Union players are satisfied with their second career (Source: RPA)
  • A third of former pro athletes did not feel in control of their lives two years after finishing (Source: PPF)
  • 1 in 3 former footballers are divorced within the first 12 months of retirement from the professional game (Source: XPRO)