Sports as a career option in India
“All work and no play make jack a dull boy.”
Days and years have passed where one considered sports as just a recreation activity or hobby. In the present scenario, sports industry has emerged as one of the most lucrative options in India as well as outside. Sports industry is so vast than one could imagine, with a plethora of opportunities. It encompasses not only cricket, football, hockey etc but it is a sum up of all sport, as well as physical fitness and medicine. A career in sports and physical fitness is a unique occupation. It is a profession by which a student can earn a substantial amount of money and at the same time stay fit. Sports has the potential to build character- concepts such as self-discipline, teamwork, sacrifice and fair play can be learned and enhanced through athletic competition. There are plenty of opportunities for health and fitness jobs where professional sportsmen and women, as well as amateur athletes require training and conditioning. In fact, wherever you have sports and people that play sports, even on a hobby level, there will be the need for sports injury therapists, personal trainers for various sporting disciplines, health and fitness professionals, strength and conditioning coaches, and more. Those working in the health and fitness business lead and teach individuals, teams, and/or groups of people through cardiovascular exercises, strength training regimens, and stretching to improve flexibility. The fitness mantra seems to be catching up as young people and even senior citizens are realizing the need to maintain good health with a regular fitness regimen. Today, there are several academies and institutes dedicated to impart training in different types of sporting activities. In India, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is the apex body that is bestowed with the responsibility of encouraging young talent to develop interest in sports and excel in their chosen sporting activities. MRF has been promoting and training cricketers through its Pace Foundation in Chennai. The Tata Football Academy, Kolkata, trains young soccer players, many of whom are now in the big league teams of Mohan Bagan and East Bengal. A student has to fulfill the following basic educational requirements to pursue a career in sports and physical fitness: For graduate level program as well as certificate courses, 10+2 is required. To enter into teaching position, Bachelor of Physical Education (B.P.Ed) or Master of Physical education is required, the former is a 3 year course with 10+2 as eligibility to enter while the latter is a 2 year course with graduation respectively. There are also Graduate and Post graduate programs in Physical fitness, sports medicine etc. for which the requirement is graduation. One can seek admission into a sports management course after completion of graduation. Students with a Bachelors degree in Physical Education will have an upper hand in the field. The aspirants can join various sports institutes after completing their academic qualifications such as 10+2 level with physical education / graduation, with Physical education / post graduation in Physical education. Subjects covered include sport physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, social history of sport, sociology of sport, learning theory, physical fitness, sport management, communication skills, leadership, seminars and an internship. A variety of personal attributes is a must for the aspirants who enter into the world of sports and physical fitness. First of all sports persons are required to be energetic, enthusiastic and physically fit. If a student wants to excel in this area then there is a need to develop the qualities like patience, perseverance and team spirit. This is one subject where personal virtues count more than educational qualifications and thus the qualities like dedication, desire, belief in oneself and discipline become the essence of success. Since most fitness...
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