Kw-logo-smaller

Becoming a Professional Athlete

Tennis star Maria Sharapova is the world's highest paid female athlete.
Courtesy of maria-sharapova.org

Do you want to be like Mike... or Tiger or Ronaldo? (We could go on with a list of amazing athletes, but we'll stop here). Find out how to turn your love of the game into a professional career!

Pro Athletes - The Basics

Professional athletes are people who get paid to play sports. To be a pro, you need to have something that we like to call the 3 D's - drive, determination and dedication. If you don't possess these qualities, it'll be hard to haul yourself to training on a day when you don't feel like getting out of bed.

Pro Athletes - Training Ground

It's not enough to be talented in your sport. You have to spend most - or all - of your time training to be the best since you're competing with thousands of other athletes who are just as talented as you. Basically, you have to live, eat and breathe it! So get exposed to your sport as much as possible by playing on school teams, in leagues and athletic clubs, and at sports camps. Just like the entertainment industry, it's hard to make it to the top of the sports world, but you can succeed if you have the talent. And of course, the 3 D's.

Pro Athletes - The Upside Is Also the Downside

Professional athletes know that if they don't play well, they won't last long. That's why they push themselves past their limits to perfect their game. Basketball players spend hours working on their jump shot, figure skaters on their triple salchow and golfers on their swing. But while it's good to be healthy and in great shape, it's also brutally punishing on their bodies and increases the risk of injury. Fame is another double-edged sword cuz it's great to be in the spotlight and have peeps look up to you and want your autograph. But it's not so great to have cameras follow you everywhere you go, even to the bathroom.

Pro Athletes - Show Me the Money!

Some pros make as little as $10,000 a year. Surprised? That's cuz you're used to hearing about the multi-million dollar contracts! But that's reserved for superstar athletes like LeBron James and Maria Sharapova. And the reason why they make millions is because they endorse products or companies like Nike and Adidas.

Pro Athletes - Did U Know?
  • Tiger Woods earned $87 million in 2005, making him the world's highest paid athlete!
  • Most professional athletes' careers last only several years cuz of injuries and age.
  • Related Stories:

  • Kobe Bryant Biography
  • Ryan Sheckler Biography
  • Andy Roddick Biography
  • Venus and Serena Williams Biography
  • More Cool Jobs!
  • >
    >

    readers voted!

    Comments

    xOxOMiMixOxO

    xOxOMiMixOxO wrote:

    LoL!!! =))
    commented: Thu Apr 19, 2012

    aly-lissa

    aly-lissa wrote:

    What about field hockey?
    commented: Thu Apr 19, 2012

    there are 2 more comments

    Please login or register to add comments

    share with your friends


    Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like!

    latest videos

    F1151613511906

    Favorite Professional Athlete?

    • Cristiano Ronaldo.
    • Tiger Woods.
    • Maria Sharapova.
    • Kobe Bryant.

    related stories

    Dear Dish-It in the forums

    ice cream girl
    ice cream girl posted in Friends:
    I don't have one best friend, I have like 5 or 6.. But my best friends on here are orange45 and lovefroglol122
    reply about 3 hours
    DJwwjd
    DJwwjd posted in Family Issues:
    Well, try looking innocent! like this (the blanks are people u fill them in) ''___, I've always wondered, why do you curse?*he answers*Oh, well dont you think its a little too much for people to take in?" in other words be the therapist for the family like me! I'm the only smart one in my family!
    reply about 4 hours
    DJwwjd
    DJwwjd posted in Friends:
    Well, in my opinion (depending on your age) dating is pointless until it'll actually make a difference in your life! but your parents know best, just try to see the bright side in what they're saying.
    reply about 5 hours
    Nisya-
    Nisya- posted in Friends:
    Well, may I share my story? I had the same problem too, until the day when me and my crush were finally together. I dared myself to tell my parents and they said "It's alright, it's up to you." 0.0 (I didn't tell you to use my way to date him ._.)
    reply about 9 hours
    mystry27
    mystry27 posted in Friends:
    i have the same problem to :(
    reply about 9 hours

    play online games

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

    Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

    157262_(2)

    When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

    100x100_ra_logo_girl

    Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

    _thumb_100x100

    Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...