Advantages and disadvantages of being a sportsmen Professional sportsmen are those people who receive payment for their performance, as an individual or within a team environment, at a professional level. As any other profession in the world, treating sports as an occupation also has its advantages and disadvantages. First of all, practicing a professional sport, not only helps people have an active an healthy lifestyle, but also helps them to develop important skills such as perseverance, ambition, dedication, discipline and self-sacrifice.
For instance, team sports are considered to be character-building, in that they encourage co-operation between individual team members. As a matter of fact, the success or the failure of the team depends not so much on the individual skills of the players as on their ability to co-operate. These are valuable skills which could be really useful in daily life. Moreover, another good point of taking part in sports professionally is money. In some disciplines such as football, tennis or box the payment is really high.
Moreover, money could also come from advertising campaigns and sponsors. On the other hand, one disadvantage could be that a professional sportsman’s career usually lasts about 10 to 15 years, because beyond a certain age, their performance deteriorates, income falls and the number of injuries increases. This combination of factors can sometimes be discouraging and lead them to end their professional career and they have to find an alternative occupation.
However, considering the fact that lost in rat race, sportsmen often think of nothing but training and tournament and they happen to omit education, it might be really difficult for them to adapt to normal life when their career is over. In conclusion there are pluses and minuses of being a professional sportsmen, but I do believe that the most important thing for professional sport persons is to find a balance between their career and their personal life.