Sports Person / Sports| Sports Administration / Management


If you are a lover of sports or play any game very well, taking it
up professionally is a good idea as a wide range of sports are
becoming good career options in India.
Regarded as a hobby at one time, sports is now gaining focus
as a career option in India. Sports persons or Athletes play a
sport at organized, official sporting events – both National and
International.
There are other career avenues in the field such as Sports
Management, Coaching, Sports Medicine, Physiotherapy,
Sports Journalism, Diet and Nutrition and Sports Clinics which
are all good career options for students. Retired sports persons
become Umpires and Referees, Coaches, Sports Anchors and
Commentators.
This is one profession where the prospects are bright even after
retirement from playing a game.
In India, traditionally Cricket has attracted a lot of talent and
associated career opportunities. But as Indians begin to
perform well at other sports, Hockey, Wrestling, Tennis and
Badminton have started gaining importance as career options.
Some of the tasks Sports Professionals do:
· Train rigorously for many hours
· Follow a strict diet and nutrition regimen
· Play the game representing the country at sports events
· Coach aspiring sports persons at schools, colleges and clubs
· Present sports commentary for various games and anchor
sports shows
· Write columns and reports for sports journals and magazines

EDUCATION AND ELIGIBILITY

Educational Requirements
Undergraduate courses
· B.A. | B. Sc.| B. Com. in any stream – for players or athletes
· B.Sc in PEHES (Physical education, Health education and
Sports Sciences)| Sports and Exercise Sciences | Sports
Management| Sports Science with Management – for Sports
Managers
· Diploma in Sports Medicine after M.B.B.S (Bachelor of
Medicine and Bachelor of Science)
Those interested in career advancement or teaching should do:
Postgraduate courses
· PG diploma in sports coaching
· M.Sc. in Physical Education
· M. Phil
· Ph.D.

Eligibility and Selection process into various sports
· Class XII completed
· Selection at various qualifying tournaments

Aptitude and Skills needed:
· Talent and passion for the game
· Physical stamina
· Leadership skills
· Teamwork
· Hard Work and Discipline

INDUSTRY GROWTH AND CAREER PROSPECTS
India’s success in hosting two Cricket World Cups and the popularity of the IPL (Indian Premier League)has paved the way for cricket
becoming a much sought after career option. Football, Hockey, Kabbadi, wrestling, tennis, badminton and shooting are some other
career options.
The SAI (Sports Authority of India) set up in 1984, has given further drive to careers in sports. Many Government and Private sports
academies functioning under SAI are always scouting for fresh talent to represent the country at various sporting platforms.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Government jobs
· Positions in state level and national level
sports organisations
· Employment in Public Sector Units such
as Indian Railways through Sports Quota
Private sector
· Private Sports Clubs and League
Games
· Private Companies
· Sports Commentator or Anchor on
Private Television Channels
· Sports Journalist and photographer
· Sports Consultant and Physiotherapist
at Hospitals, Health clubs,
Rehabilitation Centres for Sports Persons
· Umpire or Referee
Educational sector
· Lecturers in Sports Management and
Policy at Universities
· Physical Education Instructors, Coaches
& teachers at Schools / Colleges
· Coach in Private Clubs
· Personal Coach to professional
sportspersons
Self employed
· Independent Sports Consultant|
Manager| Coach
· Set up your own Coaching Academy
Work hours and
day/night shifts:
Long and erratic hours

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