This is the final part of the "Cricket Fitness for Older Players" series. To go to part 1 click here.
Retirement from any recreational sport is a highly individual matter and not just for older players.
Unlike professionals, retirement for many club players is more a matter of life taking over: Family, work and other interests all cause early 'retirements' every year. We have all had games where we feel the last thing we want to do is waste our weekends dropping catches and getting belted all round the park!
Then you also see many club players still turning out way beyond their peak purely for the social side of the game.
That's why you see unofficial retirements at any age from 16 to 80.
That's also why only you can decide when it's time to hang up the spikes. Although you can and should weigh things up before you finish:
- Do you enjoy playing?
- Do you have enough time to commit?
- How do you feel the day after a game?
- Have you still got a cricketing goal to fill?
As you can see, age has very little to do with it. Of course, no one can play forever, but I maintain everyone should keep it up as long as playing cricket is a positive part of your life.
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