Becoming a Professional 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
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
. 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.
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