The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Being a professional Sportsman

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The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Being A Professional Sportsman

The advantages and disadvantages of being a professional sportsman

Being a professional sportsman requires much effort and devotion. Treating sports as an occupation has its advantages and disadvantages, as every job does.
Firstly, the main advantage of being a professional sportsman is money, and therefore, fame. In some disciplines, like football or tennis, the amount of the income earned is enormous. If he reaches performance, money coming from sponsoring and advertising give the sportsman a chance to improve himself.
Secondly, a professional sportsman could keep fit and healthy. Sportsmen do trainings daily and therefore they are in shape and active. They must follow a strict diet and they must not be in compromising postures.
On the other hand, practicing a professional sport has its own disadvantages, too. If the sportsman is injured by the time of training or a game, he might lose his career in sport. What is more, some sports such as boxing or football are very dangerous. Accidents may have extremely bad repercussions and could bring even death.
Another disadvantage of being a sportsman is the lack of free time. Sportsmen are always on the road for trainings or contests and dedicate all their time and energy in order to achieve performance. Therefore, their family life is often difficult and when their career is over, they find themselves lonely and without a job.
In conclusion, achieving performance in sport has both advantages and disadvantages. In my opinion, sport may be a gainful occupation if you are ready to make some sacrifices.

Professional sports are those in which the participants receive payment for playing, as

opposed to amateur athletes. As everything in this world, treating sports as an occupation also has its advantages and disadvantages.

The main good point of taking part in sports professionaly is money. In some disciplins -like football, tennis or box - amounts of incomes are extremaly enormous. This motivates sportsmen to improve their qualifications and spur amateurs to start treating sport as a future job. Money coming from advertising in mass media and sponsoring helps to invent, produce and buy better equipement. Furthermore it gives the possibility to develop scientifical knowledge about sport disciplines. But, on the other hand, commercialisation has often negative influence on athletics. Many organisations and fans see it as an attack on the central ethos of sport. They claim that competitions

should be performed for their own sake and for pure enjoyment, rather than as a means of making money. Actually, in great part they are right, because often fair and square competition looses its importance in confrontation with buisness and cash. That can be observed for instance in selling matches or box fights, or when footballers are not playing in national teams, not to loose money from the club.

Apearance of sport in mass media (for example TV transmissions), caused by a great deal of material profits standing after it, help to promote phisical activity and introduce diferent sport disciplines to larger audiences. However, the increase of professionalism, as well as attempts to resist its spread, have caused major problems for some sports. Few of them, even very interesting (ex. English cricket), loose popularity due to their not commercial status.

Another advantage of being professional sportsman is fame. Competitors often attain superstar, celebrity status. Sportspeople are well-known all over the world and they also glorify their country and nation. But fame does not always have positive consequences. It affects strongly persons privacy and is sometimes very burdensome. A lot of sportspeople makes sport their primary career. Lost in rat race, sportsmen often think of nothing but training and tournaments. They happen to omit family or education because of common trips and general life- style. For then, as the sport career is over (often in a relatively young age), they notice that they are lonely and without a job and cannot adapt to normal life. Moreover, when organism is 'congested' by an overmuch effort, joints and muscles get deformated. It can be seen especialy in old age, as well as all the injuries repercusions.

Anyhow, sportspeople can feel pride of achievements. Winning makes them think that they leave some memory about themselves for other generations. It gives satisfaction and self confidence. On the contrary, although many people spend their entire life training, just few of them has got best results and become really famous and rich. Due to the high pressure in the sport community some of the inferior sportsmen try to get better results using neither legal nor healthy methods like sterids or corruption. In addition the other ones suffer from psychical injuries caused by too hard competition, stress and lack of ability to satisfy sick ambitions.

In conclusion, professional sporting has its pluses and minuses, so it's impossible to formulate an unequivocal judgement about it. Therefore, I can only express my subjective opinion on a given subject. Namely: I am not iterested in treating taking part in any sport as a way to earn a living. Thus, as I'm not personally engaged, I have nothing against professional sports. And, what's more, I even like to watch them sometimes on television.

Disadvantages and Advantages of Being a College Athlete

Athletics is one of my favorite interests and hobbies. College athletes deal with many opportunities, experiences, and even sometimes downfalls. There are many different advantages and disadvantages of being a college athlete. Throughout this paper, I am going to discuss the many different issues that college athletes deal with. Having been a college athlete, I have reaped in the numerous advantages, and unfortunately experienced the notable disadvantages.

A general advantage of being a college athlete is that you get to be part of a team, which means new teammates, and new friends. By being part of a team, you get to play the sport you love everyday. Also you get to meet new people. It's always nice to meet new people when you first come to college. Whatever sport student athletes decide to play, their teammates will probably be their first friends at college.

Another general advantage of being a college athlete is that by playing a sport, one will stay fit and healthy. Athletes stay in shape by running, working hard on the field, and also by lifting weights. By staying fit at a young age in life, will be helpful later on in life.

Right now, academic standards for college athletes are the same as for anybody else, but some want to lower the standards because the graduation rates for student athletes are falling. In the Chronicle of Higher Education, a writer states, "There is a possibility that the NCAA might change the academic requirements for players"(Suggs pA34). Why change the academic requirements for college athletes? How is that fair to all the other students? By lowering the academic standards, it may not help one in the future. Most college student athletes are in college to play a sport, and not focused entirely on education. However, getting an education should be the first priority at college. An education will help one get a desirable future career. Playing a sport will not help with a future career, unless a specific student plans on going pro. But that doesn't always happen. Even if a college athlete goes pro, it is good to have a back-up plan to fall back on. "Your school is not worthy to be the champion of the country if you're not educating your kids"(Hesburgh 1).

a college athlete is that little kids look up to you. College athletes are role models. Last year during softball, about 5 or 6 t-ball teams came to North Carolina Wesleyan College. We taught the kids how to field a ball, catch a fly ball, and be a catcher behind the plate, pitch, throw and hit. It was great. Before they left, the softball team did our infield and outfield. The whole time this was going on, the kids were cheering and clapping. It made not only me, but also the softball team feel good. It really means a lot when younger kids look up to you.

Many expect more out of athletes. This could be both an advantage and disadvantage. Athletes are treated differently. What makes athletes so different from everyone else? Nothing at all. However, in college, athletes have different rules and regulations to follow. For example, if an athlete misses too many classes or even 1 or 2, and your coach finds out, then someone's going to be running. Coaches are very strict about athletes' grades. This is a good thing because it shows you that the coach cares, and it gives you another reason to perform well in class.

A disadvantage of being a college athlete is all the stress that is dealt with. Depending on how much you're into the game and how much you love the game, determines the level of stress that you take on. Stress can come from not having enough time to get all your school work done. It can also come from not having a good game, practice, or just a bad day in general. Being stressed is not healthy, and can even affect an athlete's performance, because their mind will be on something else instead of the game. Being a college athlete takes up a lot of time, especially with all the games and practices. I interviewed Sarah Jones, women's basketball player. I asked her if she thought they had basketball practice for too long, but she said, "No, we need the practice, and the only way we will get better is through practice." How much practice time is too much? "The National Collegiate Athletic Association limits the time athletes spend on practice and competition to 20 hours a week, however many feel this rule is openly flouted, forcing athletes to spend less time on studying and in turn lowering

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