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Athlete

An athlete is a person who is involved in sports which require physical strength, speed and endurance. They compete in various competitions and matches. They have well developed physique which is formed by physical training and an athlete can be professional as well as amateur.

Career Options

  • - The number of jobs available for athletes and sports competitors including professional athletes is expected to increase as fast as the average in the coming years and competition for professional positions will be extremely fierce. - Professional sports athletes must be among the best performers at their chosen sports to remain employed and they often have brief careers. - There is also the potential for a serious career-ending injury at any time.

Educational Qualifications

  • - A high school diploma or equivalent, no formal educational credential is required to enter the occupation - No academic requirements for professional athletes - Simply need natural talent, determination, strength, fitness, technique and self-discipline

Personal Skills

  • - Passion - Confidence - Interpersonal Skills - Good Decision Making - Empathy - Attentive to Detail

Courses to be pursued

  • - Doctoral - Doctor - Sports Management - PhD - Sports Management - Master - Athletic Coaching - Master - Sports Management - Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration - Certificates - Education Specialist - Sports Management

Top Colleges

  • Tamil Nadu Physical Education And Sports University Address: Melakottaiyur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600127 Phone: 044 2747 7906 Website: www.tnpesu.org/
  • Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Sciences Address: B-Block, Vikaspuri, Delhi 110018 Phone: 011 2854 4497 Website: igipess
  • du.ac.in:8080/web/home_page.jsp

Working Conditions

Professional athletes have to work irregular hours which includes evenings, weekends or holidays. While their sports season they have to work 40 hours a week for several months. Due to playing outdoor games, they have to tolerate every type of weather.

Top Companies

  • Sports Authority of India Address: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Complex (East Gate), Lodhi Road, Delhi 110003 Phone: 011 2436 5016 Website: http://sportsauthorityofindia.nic.in/
  • Athletics Federation of India Address: WZ-114G, First Floor, Toda Pur Village, Toda Pur Main Road, Dev Prakash Shastri Marg, Delhi 110012 Phone: 011 2584 5421 Website: http://indianathletics.in/

Successful Persons

Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal is a professional badminton singles player from India. She has been the former World No.1 badminton champion and is ranked 18th as the most charitable athletes.

Abhinav Bindra

Abhinav Bindra is a retired professional shooter from India who is also the former World and Olympic champion in the ten metre rifle event in shooting. He is the only Indian to have held the title of both Olympic and World champions at the same time.

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