Spurs legend Graham Roberts has backed a campaign by leading medical charity Arthritis Research UK that aims to find new ways to keep people active for longer by asking the public to share their stories of sports pain or injury.
Arthritis Research UK’s initiative, ‘Taking the pain out of sport’, is urging the seven million people in the UK who play sport or exercise regularly to share their experiences via an online survey at www.painoutofsport.org. More than half (56%) of the active public have sustained a sport injury  such as sprained ligaments, fractures and broken bones according to a survey by the charity.
At the end of the survey, people can enter a free prize draw to win £250 of Nike vouchers as a thank you for taking part.
Graham said of the campaign: “As a football manager and former player, I have had first-hand experience with the way injuries are approached in football clubs. Osteoarthritis, a condition I have to contend with in my knees, is not only a problem for ex-professionals – my colleagues or players I have coached – who face a life of crippling pain once they retire, but also normal people just staying active through regular activity. More research into the potential risks is definitely warranted, and I hope others join me in this Arthritis Research UK campaign to bring to light the neglected condition.”
A number of other sporting heroes and famous faces are supporting the campaign, including Olympic and Commonwealth games medallist Sharron Davies MBE, former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson OBE, Colin Jackson CBE, Sir Cliff Richard, Darren Gough and Jonathan Dimbleby.
 Active People Survey by Sport England 2009/10
 Defined as people who exercise/play sports/go to the gym 3 or more times a week currently or normally but may currently be recovering from an injury. A survey by ICM Research (September 2010) indicates that this is 28% of the UK