Athletes and Sports Competitors

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ABOUT ATHLETES OR SPORTS COMPETITOR CAREERS

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Organized athletic events provide excitement and enjoyment for fans of many sports. Professional athletes train or practice under the direction of an athletic trainer or coach. They participate in sporting events to entertain the fans and promote the sport and also make public appearances.

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thletes must be in top physical condition and may suffer serious physical injury, especially in contact sports. Coaches and umpires on the other hand, monitor the athletes' performance. Coaches work with a single team or individual, teaching them the best ways to compete in their specific sport.

The umpires, sometimes known as referees or officials, observe the competition, apply and enforce the rules and decide disputes between competitors. Both coaches and officials need to have good communication skills and the ability to make split-second decisions. They must also be able to withstand constant pressure and scrutiny, not only from fans, but also from the press.

If you are talented enough to compete successfully for the limited number of positions in each of these occupations and don't mind traveling, you may be rewarded with the applause of the crowd and the personal fulfillment of working at a job you love.
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Compete in athletic events.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
LOW
Level of responsibilities
MED
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
LOW
Dealing and handling conflict
HIGH
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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Represent teams or professional sports clubs, performing such activities as meeting with members of the media, making speeches, or participating in charity events.
Maintain equipment used in a particular sport.
Exercise or practice under the direction of athletic trainers or professional coaches to develop skills, improve physical condition, or prepare for competitions.
Maintain optimum physical fitness levels by training regularly, following nutrition plans, or consulting with health professionals.
Attend scheduled practice or training sessions.
Receive instructions from coaches and other sports staff prior to events, and discuss their performance afterwards.
Assess performance following athletic competition, identifying strengths and weaknesses and making adjustments to improve future performance.
Participate in athletic events or competitive sports, according to established rules and regulations.
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Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Developing and Building Teams Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
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English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
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Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
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Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
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