We all have a mate in the pub that thinks he could have been a professional sportsman, but according to new research most British blokes believe they could have gone pro.
Were it not for a niggling injury, a cruel twist of fate or a simple falling out of love for the game a massive one in five men believe they really did have the skills to pay the bills.
One in ten men ‘had trials’ for a football club that didn’t come off, while others represented their county at a sport and thought they might be able to make a career out of it.
The study, commissioned by Solgar 7 – the advanced joint supplement, examined people’s experiences with sport and the impact of injury over the average person’s lifetime. Six in ten Brits played sport competitively at some point and nearly two thirds felt they were quite promising at a particular sport or activity when young.
Sadly, injury stops nearly one in five dreams of sporting glory, while other priorities and the reality of modern life with commitments to work and family were a reason for nearly half (47%) to call time.
Paul Chamberlain, Head of Education and Nutrition at Solgar 7 said yesterday: “We might joke to our friends that, had things turned out differently, we could have been the next David Beckham or Jessica Ennis-Hill but unfortunately we can’t all be that lucky.
“But staying active is vital in ensuring we maintain good health as we age, and what we can do is take steps to support our bodies so that we’re physically able to keep enjoying the games and activities we love, well into our later years.”
Unfortunately though, injuries frequently strike and nearly a third (32%) of the adults polled currently suffer from pain or some sort of injury they picked up from sporting or physical activity in the past.
Knee pain was the most common source of discomfort, followed by back pain, injuries to ankles and shoulder discomfort. Other sources of discomfort still troubling us from our sporting days include ligament damage, as well as repeated pain in the wrist and elbow, while the average person who had received a sporting injury had ‘put up’ with the pain for just under ten years, results showed.
Paul Chamberlain, Education & Nutrition Manager at Solgar said yesterday: “It’s natural that as we get older a change of pace occurs and we realise we have to moderate the exercise and how strenuously we approach sport.
“It seems most people feel that, by the mid-thirties our sporting prowess dwindles, but that doesn’t mean that with the right approaches, supplements, exercises and attitude we can’t prolong the amount of sport we play.
“Solgar® 7 has been formulated with this in mind. It’s the next generation in joint care that effectively supports mobility, flexibility and range of motion in overstressed joints. It helps to address occasional “twinges” and joint stress brought on by exercise, sports or physical activity. The advanced formulation brings together seven bioactive nutrients that work together to balance the release of joint enzymes and structurally support collagen building blocks and joint cartilage*.”