Fame and wealth can be temporary. A football career isn't likely to last as long as one would like and therefore, the importance of planning ahead can't be stressed enough; although sometimes a difficult reality to accept.
Normally naked magazine covers make us wince and slowly back away from the newsstand, but ESPN's annual 'Body Issue' features
Although the public will revel in blaming the player's demise on a lavish lifestyle few can afford, many downfalls are a result of impressionable young athletes taking advice from supposedly reputable advisors who in reality have the ethics of a common criminal.
There comes a time in one's amateur sporting career when you have to accept fate and find out just what inadequacy really means. Well aware of a sports performance lab tucked away in a pocket of heaving Brentford, I made my way down to London's westward expansion one Monday to put my brain in gear against a field of professional athletes.
I'm a massive believer in the psychological benefits of running, as well as the more often talked about physical ones. Let's face it, daily life is fast paced, frantic and stressful for the majority of the population, so the opportunity to escape this world for a short while, on a regular basis, has to be a good thing.
Sure, rugby players are among some of the toughest athletes in the world, but we're pretty sure we found these guys' softer side. Let your heart melt.
The protein trend is definitely proliferating. With everyone from avid athletes to Paleo Diet enthusiasts preaching the potent possibilities of protein, the number of people seeking ways to up their intake is poised to grow.
All of these are opportunities that may not have been as accessible even just a few years ago, and it's encouraging that the UK is really starting to take notice. It's easy to think of these things as "just events", but in reality they're so much more than that. The landscape for injured servicemen is changing for the better, and ironically, it's by introducing more obstacles.
What better example can we use for children when explaining that sometimes, you will have failures, but if you work hard enough then you will succeed eventually? Athletes also prove too that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.
I've struggled with negative body image my entire life. Born missing my left arm and then at 18 months of age suffering third degree burns to 14% of my body after knocking boiling water on myself while struggling to get used to a prosthetic arm. I grew up looking and feeling different - in a society where so much emphasis is placed on physical appearance and the desire for perfection - I felt isolated and alone.