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Month: March 2020

Sports Professionals and Sport-specific age limits and limitations

Sports Professionals and Sport-specific age limits and limitations

By Anna Kyprianou, APC Sports Consulting Ltd Am I too old to continue playing? When should I retire? These are some of the main questions that all athletes ask themselves at a certain stage of their career. The answer is never straight forward, since it depends on your sport, your physical and mental fitness, your performance level and your expectations, as well as your financial realities. Let’s first take a look at the age you are qualified to become a…

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Interview with the Vice President of FIFPro-Europe, Mr. Spyros Neophytides

Interview with the Vice President of FIFPro-Europe, Mr. Spyros Neophytides

Question: List and explain the most important issues faced by footballers as they near retirement. Answer: As they near retirement, footballers come across a series of different issues. One of the primary and most important issues they face is their future financial sustainability and the huge danger to have limited to almost no income when they stop playing football. Apart from that, lack of education can create huge stress, as it creates uncertainty regarding their future professional steps. In addition,…

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The Athlete’s Career: Knowing when to retire from field play

The Athlete’s Career: Knowing when to retire from field play

By Demetris Constantinou, Contributor An athletic career in professional sports entails taking important decisions that affect both your professional career, as well as your personal life. One of the most crucial decisions an athlete has to make is to decide at what point in their career they’re ready to retire. While for some of us retirement is at a government-mandated age, for others a personal preference, athletes don’t have that luxury, given that it’s driven by age and the ability…

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Preparing in advance for Retirement from Sport

Preparing in advance for Retirement from Sport

By Constantinos Massonos, Contributor The end of any playing career is a bittersweet, overwhelming moment, as athletes have to give up the life they enjoyed for years: training schedules, travels and competing in front of big crowds. The idea of letting all of these go and adjusting to a new lifestyle can be daunting and stressful and being emotionally and financially prepared is essential for a successful transition to life after sports. As sporting success is based on careful planning…

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The last contract of the retiring athlete

The last contract of the retiring athlete

By Andreas Themistocleous, APC Sports Consulting Ltd Professional athletes in the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball were studied for a ten-year period, by researchers at the University of Missouri, who established that the so called “contract-year effect”, in the sport world, can actually be proven scientifically. In other words, athletes do tend to have a performance boost in the year leading to contract negotiations, with a decline in performance, once the contract is secured and once they can…

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March 2020 Editorial: Mature Athlete Issues

March 2020 Editorial: Mature Athlete Issues

March 1, 2020 Professional athletes dedicate their lives to sport and make a lot of personal sacrifices to pursue their athletic dreams.  Usually ageing is not kind to athletes, as it impacts their performance negatively and it is a signal that their days of athletic glory are nearing their end.  The mature days of athletes signify the end of their athletic career and they usually come with a number of distressful reactions and psychological effects. Retirement from sport at a…

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