Career In Sports
Do you have an inborn passion for sports?
If your answer is yes, then a sport is a hot career opportunity for you.
Sport is an exciting and healthy pastime game to many, but if the sport is really one’s passion it can be a very rewarding and satisfying career too. It was traditionally considered as a hobby especially in India but now it is taken as a serious career option.
The success of sports people in a recent international sporting event has brought the focus to sports careers. Sports help you to make your body physically fit and keep your mind good. If you choose sports as a career, it also gives lots of fame and money.
You can make a career in any sports field depending on what sports you take up as your expertise. Various sports fields are Cricket, Badminton, Volleyball, Football, Basketball, Boxing, Gymnastics, Hockey, Table Tennis, Wrestling, Cycling, etc.
1982 was a watershed year for the growth and development of sports in India. First time, the Asian Games were hosted at Delhi in India.
Successful sport persons of India are: Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Sania Mirza, Abhinav Bindra, RVS Rathore, Sushil Kumar, Viswanathan Anand, Mary Kom and many others.
Courses & Duration
As a sports person, you can get training from various institutions of Sports Authority of India. In India, there are various institutes and academies under the Sports Authority of India (SAI) that impart training to young talents to transform them into talented sports persons. Other than SAI, there are many state levels and private organizations that support sports enthusiasts.
- Diploma in Sports Medicine
- Diploma in Sports Coaching
- Diploma in Sports Management
- Diploma in Sports Science & Nutrition
- B.Sc in Physical Education, Health Education and Sports Sciences
- Bachelor of Physical education
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sports Management
- B.Sc (Hons) in Sports Science
- B.Sc in Sports and Recreation Management
- Bachelor of Sports Management (BSM)
- Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Sports Management
- Master of Physical education
- M.Sc in Sports Coaching
- Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine
- Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management
- Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Business
- MBA in Sports Management
- Master of Sports Management (MSM)
- M.Sc in Sports Science
Doctoral Degree Courses:
- Ph.D in Physical Education
- M.Phill in Physical Education
- Ph.D in Sports Management
Top Colleges in India offer study in Sports:
- National Institute of Sports, Patiala
- Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, New Delhi
- Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior
- Lakshmibai National College for Physical Education, Thiruvananthapuram
- Tata Football Academy, Jamshedpur
- National Cricket Academy, Bangalore
- Delhi University
Skills required to become a sports person:
- Physical Energy and Stamina
- Physically fit
- Sporting Spirit
Eligibility & Admission
- You have to go after 12th examination and done a graduation degree in Physical Education with a physically fit body and energetic.
- You will get admission in UG course after completing 10+2 examination.
- If you are interested to do PG courses, then you have to pass your graduation degree.
- After MBBS Degree, you can appear for the Diploma course in Sports Medicine.
- Generally, admissions will be based on the merit list. The merit list shall be drawn on the basis of marks obtained in the qualifying examination.
Association and Organization of sports:
- National Basketball Association
- National Hockey League
- National Football League
- All India Tennis Association
- National Institute of Sports
- Indian Olympic Association
Career & Jobs
“Sports is one of the rewarding career options of the country with lots of job opportunities”.
Sports opened up many career opportunities for young talents in India. To become a sports person, having a talent in the chosen sport is very important. Along with talent, Strong determination and perseverance in needed.
For every sports person, it is a dream to represent their nation at the international level. You can start your career in school and college level and start play at the State level, Regional level and then explores opportunities at national and international levels.
Other than actually being an active sportsman, then other career opportunity are: sport marketing, coaching, athletic administration, sports medicine, sport promotion, sport psychology and so on.
Sports person can be employed in private and public sector. The Indian Government and Armed forces also have special recruitment drives for exceptional sporting talent. You can also set up your own business in manufacturing of sports equipment after gaining experience in this field.
- Sport psychologist
- Sport journalist
- Sports Player
- Sports Coach & Instructor
- Sports Photographer
- Personal Trainer
- Professional Athlete
- Physical Education Teacher
- Health Advice Officer
- Health & Public Services Leader
Some areas where you can find jobs of sports field are mentioned here:
- Media, Sports & Advertising Companies
- Sports Management Industry
- Educational Institutions & Colleges
- Merchandising (Retail) Companies
“This field offers a handsome salary packages in both sectors”.
The salary of the sports persons totally depends on the sport game that he has chosen. In the sports field, the number of years of experience is not merely matter, but also the sports person capability to deliver excellent performance consistently. Starting salary of the sports person is approx Rs. 3 Lac to Rs 5 Lac per year. When you become a star sportsman, you can earn in crores per annum. The salary is also depend on your job profile.
Books & Study Materials
Are you seeking for some good sports books?
Here we have listed some good and popular books on sports:
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game (Paperback) by Michael Lewis
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy by Bill Simmons
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (Paperback) by Michael Lewis
Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics by Jonathan Wilson
A Champion’s Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis by Pete Sampras
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