A career in sports can be extremely rewarding: It offers physical and mental stimulation and often comes with many social and financial rewards that bring a unique brand of fulfillment. But what to do when the time comes for athletes to retire from sports? Here are ten options that allow them to put their skills to good use.
Administration: Athletes with strong managerial skills can become successful administrators. Needless to say, they’ll have a marked advantage within sports organizations.
Sales: Practicing sports at a high level (team sports in particular) helps develop persuasion skills that can be easily transferred to the world of sales.
Sports journalism: The specialized inside knowledge they possess allows athletes to provide penetrating insights as journalists covering the world of sports.
Communications: Throughout their career on the field, athletes often develop the physical presence and the self-confidence necessary to become effective communicators.
Entrepreneurship: Athletes who are so inclined can use the leadership skills they have developed during their careers to create a success story as entrepreneurs.
Sports psychology: Nobody understands an athlete like another athlete. With their unique set of skills and experiences, former athletes are uniquely positioned to become exceptional sports psychologists.
Coaching: Athletes who are particularly passionate and knowledgeable about their chosen sport, may go on to become coaches themselves.
Fitness instructor: If they complement their real-life experience with the necessary instruction, athletes can become successful trainers who help others achieve their fitness goals.
Physical therapist: As in the previous case, if athletes combine their hands-on knowledge with a solid academic background, they can become outstanding physical therapists.
Recruiter: “It takes one to know one,” as the old saying goes. Athletes can turn their unique combination of experience, expertise, and eye for detail into
As you can see, from the most outgoing types to those who are keener on abstract thought, there are exciting post-sports options for all types of athletes.
However, it’s important for athletes to identify as soon as possible the post-sports path that compels them the most so that they can combine their active career with a preparation that allows them to hit the ground running once the sports chapter of their lives comes to an end.
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