Published on January 11th, 2018 | by Jones0
If you fancy a career in sports, here are some of your options
Right off the bat, you need to know that a sports career will likely take up a lot of your extra time. But it also means you’re headed into a career field that you’re passionate about and not many people can say that when they talk about their jobs. Not to mention, you’ll likely have the opportunity to travel with the team or wherever the game takes you.
Well, now that you know you want to be in sports, it’s time to take a look at what some of your options are.
The first and most obvious option is to turn professional and become a paid athlete. It’s all about how well you do in those high school and university games. That’s where your opportunity lies to be recruited. And from there, your fate may be sealed in the sports industry should you so choose and continue to perform.
Just be aware that your time will be dedicated to practices, matches or games and your lifestyle may be monitored by sponsors who require certain promotional efforts and a specific level of performance from you.
Other than that, you get paid to play a sport you love and are great at.
Certain things hinder you from being able to be the athlete you once were or you’re naturally more strategic when it comes to sports. But it’s not always a case of “those who can’t do, teach”.
Being a coach for an individual athlete or sports team comes with a lot of responsibility. The role of a coach is incredibly important in the guidance and development of athletes. They know the game, what goes on behind the scenes and how to get all the bonus points. They’re the people you want to listen to as an athlete.
Being an umpire or referee in a game is not always the best position to be in when it comes to pleasing the crowd. Half of them will praise your calls and the other half will shout at you. But, at the end of the day, you, as referee, are the expert with a rather tough job.
Specialising in a sport will require you to know absolutely everything there is to know regarding the game, how it’s played, the positions of the players and more. Your job is to have all this knowledge on-hand while a game is being played to instantaneously recall when a player does something wrong during the game. You need to be speedy in eyesight, mentally processing what your eyes are seeing, and physically fit to be able to keep up with the players on the field.
Sports general manager
Sports management covers a variety of modules in the sports career and sports managers are in charge of overseeing every aspect relating to the players and their games. Managing an athlete takes you through PR, training programmes, team drafting, liaising with sponsors, travelling to games, entering tournaments, ensuring the athlete remains in top physical condition and even managing the money.
As a sports manager, you’re more behind the scenes, but you’ll still get the perks of priority seating at matches and travelling around with the team. As well as being involved in other areas of this field, such as journalism.
If you’ve been in the sporting industry for a while as any of the above, or are more interested in sports in general (not individual events), then you’ll enjoy the world of a sports journalist. Take your pick as writer, commentator, announcer, television broadcaster or sports radio host. Or do a little bit of everything.
Live sports announcers have the luxury of travelling to games and have poetic licence to add their personal opinion to the structured rules of the game as it’s being played. It’s also one of the best-paid careers in the sports industry. Or if you want to be on TV, you can be at the table of sports journalists and professionals who dissect parts of the game during half-time and again at full-time to show the highlights and discuss technique and improvements that can be made.
It’s not surprising that ex-athletes and coaches hop over into the sports journalism field when their prime time is done to share their accumulated experience and knowledge of the years.
Sports physician and nutritionist
A coach can operate general warm-ups and on-field exercises for the team, but it’s up to the sports physician to set up specific exercises and training programmes that will improve the athlete’s individual performance. They help develop the necessary muscles for a specific sport and even for a specific player’s position, and also monitor the general health and fitness statuses of athletes. Physicians are also required to travel with the team on occasion, in the event of an injury and to uphold training practices.
A sports nutritionist will work closely with the sports physician (if they’re not an all-in-one professional), as the diet will work hand-in-hand with the health and fitness requirements.
These are only a few of the positions available to you, should you venture into a sports career.