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Life After Sports

Updated on May 25, 2010

Are there any of us who have not dreamed of being and been jealous of a professional athlete? What sports fan has not fantasized about hitting a game winning basket, scoring the game winning touchdown, or scoring the game winning touchdown in the Super Bowl? For the majority of us, that dream is just that, a dream and we end up working 40 plus hours a week for minimal pay until we can retire 40 years later.

For those people with the talent, dedication, and a little luck to make that fantasy come true, the life of a professional athlete can be on line with that of a rock star or movie star.

However, even the biggest superstars of the game have to face the reality of retirement one day. And that day for an athlete comes much sooner then a rock star or movie star.

After all, Mick Jagger is in his 60’s and still rocking, movie stars act their whole lives, while athletes usually only last into their 30’s until they have to retire.

Throw in the uncertainty of making the team every year with younger and faster players coming in, not to mention the chance of a serious injury, and your career could be cut short quicker then you ever imagined.

Of course, there are some professional athletes who were superstars and will make money for the rest of their live on just their name alone, such as Michael Jordan or Wayne Gretzky. However, most former athletes are just not that lucky.

There are many former athletes who have remained close to their professions, either as coaches, broadcasters, or even player agents, or used their names locally in the cities that they played in to open up a restaurant or car dealership.

For most current and former athletes though, navigating the potentially rugged road from the college and professional ranks to the real world can be extremely difficult.

Support is essential for athlete who has retired. This support could come from family members, friends, or even professional help such as counseling, career guidance or even a coach. Athletes are used to having coaches throughout their lives, so why not continue to have a coach in their life to motivate them, work towards a new goal and to help keep them on track.


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      optimus grimlock 7 years ago

      great hub!