The Science behind the decision to retire from professional sport

Doug Howlett’s shoulder forced him out, Ronan O’Gara decided it was time for a new chapter and, tonight, Isa Nacewa will hope to end his career as gracefully as he ended so many attacking moves.

On the other side of the ledger, Brian O’Driscoll opted to carry on. Having vowed all year to ‘listen to his body’, it evidently gave him the good news.

In the end, that’s all any athlete can do, but they require someone like the Sports Surgery Clinic’s Dr Andy Franklyn-Miller to translate.

Franklyn-Miller is a consultant physician specialising in sport and exercise with a CV that includes British Athletics, the RFU and on into rugby league with the Melbourne Storm and New Zealand Black Ferns. In both codes of rugby, the demands of the modern game mean it is more important than ever to heed Franklyn-Miller’s advice and input.

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