Since the age of around 22 playing professional football, the physical demands of training day in day out started to take its toll on my body. As I was still young and was enjoying a successful period in my career, I didn’t want to miss any days of training or matches, so what did I do to get through it?
In professional sport, when you have an injury, slight niggle or not sleeping well the only remedy is for you to approach your physio or doctor and he will give you a concoction of anti inflammatories/pain killers and sleeping tablets. This is not a negative attack on doctors or physios; this is just what happens in not only sport but everyday life.
Season after season, it was getting harder for me to manage the pain, recovery and perform at the best of my ability. Not only that but because I was reliant on these pills my sleeping habits had changed, and I couldn’t sleep through the night, I was also getting really bad stomach pain, and every time I felt the pain I would take a pain killer to mask it whether I was training or not. Unfortunately, this is really common in professional sport and not only sport but in general day to day lives as well.
I was introduced to CBD, and it really changed my life in terms of not having to touch or rely on a pill for 18 months to manage my pain & also help my sleep quality. The benefits I have personally felt have allowed me to reduce my anxiety, help me sleep, manage my pain all in a natural and un-harmful way to my body. Unfortunately, it was too late to prolong my playing career, but I honestly believe if I had started taking CBD earlier, I would still be playing professional football.
We have been looking into the industry for well over 18 months and took the plunge to create CBD Performance. We have a range of products that will not only aid elite athletes, but it can improve your everyday wellbeing or may even help with the backache at the office, lack of sleep or recovering from the gym.
I am excited at how many people we can impact and help and the interest from not only elite sport but also everyday people looking to improve their wellbeing is great. We are keen to help remove the stigma around CBD whilst also educating people on the potential benefits of using CBD Performance products.