A career in sports is not as easy as it seems. If you decide that you will practice and perform come what may, only then you should get into this career. There is skepticism about the opportunities that sports can offer. Hence, people tend to give more importance to academic qualifications but the scenario is changing now.
The last decade has seen the Indian sports industry expanding its boundaries with the rising popularity of the of various leagues. The success of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has spawned numerous similar league competitions across many sports such as Football, Hockey, Kabbadi, Golf, Badminton, Tennis, mixed Martial Arts, Cycling, Wrestling and so on. These leagues have presented new investors, more spectators, and higher revenues. This, in turn, has unlocked career opportunities with specialized skills and knowledge in sports which are at par with other industries.
The performance of our sports teams & icons in various sports such as Mary Kom,Leander Paes,SainaNehwal, PV Sindhu, JwalaGutta etc. wining numerous titles in their respective sports have also contributed to this fact.
Sport in India is gradually maturing, with a professional attitude and creating employment opportunities today. The total budget of sports development & education in India is Rs. 3,118 crores, a positive indication on the growth of the Sports industry. However, the industry is severely lacking professionals who understand the needs of the industry and can rightfully address them.
Similarly, a career in physical education can lead you to a wide range of career options from being a part of the chosen sport, health clubs, sports good manufacturer, marketing, commentator, sports journalism, trainer, and many other similar options. Although in the beginning you will more likely find jobs as trainer or instructor for a game or sporting event but with building your experience over the years, you can probably take this experience and put it to use in sports journalism, marketing, commentator or other related fields.
For Physical Education, there are both undergraduate and postgraduate colleges offered:
For admission to Bachelor, s course, the student can pursue the B.PEd program, the eligibility for which is completion of 10+2 or its equivalent, with any subject of physical education.
For admission to Master, s course, the student can take admission to the M.PEd course, the eligibility for which is completion of graduation with physical education.
Careers in Sports and Physical Education are as follows:
Adventure sports is a new area catching up fast. Some popular adventure sports such as Surfing, Wind Surfing, Kite Surfing, Scuba Diving, Water Skiing, Wakeboarding, Climbing, White Water Rafting, Kayaking, Skiing, Snowboarding, Sailing, Aero Sports Like paragliding, Parasailing, Hand gliding, bungee Jumping, etc. can be pursued to build up your career. The Sports Authority of India promotes talent in swimming, athletics, gymnastics, tennis, hockey, basketball, table tennis, football, volleyball badminton and wresting by taking students in the age group of 9-12 and 16-20 years.
Although a basic education (Class XII) is sufficient to get you into this field, a bachelor, s degree in any subject is an advantage if you wish to move into managerial or publicity areas of work. Whatever the activity, the work in this field would be a combination of sporting talent and managerial ability and a career option in adventure sports can be pursued either as an Expert or as a Marketing Manager.
Institutes that offer courses in Adventure Sports are Directorate of Mountaineering & Allied Sports in Himachal Pradesh, The Mountaineering Institute at Dharamshala, Bharmour, Narkanda and Jispa, The Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, The National Institute of Water Sports in Panjim, Goa, National Education Foundation (NEF), Pune, and Himalayan Adventure Institute, Mussoorie.
Harsh Bhogle and Ravi Shastri are precedents of the communications aspect in the field of Sports making it one of the key and popular occupations of the business. The emergence of League competitions such as IPL, ISL and the Indian Badminton League (IBL), among others, has created abundant career opportunities. Those endowed with communication skills can gainfully find avenues to practice the art as commentators, journalists, anchors, etc. Rapid growth of platforms in medium of newspapers and magazines has created interested in sports journalism evolving it as a highly paid profession.
Sports Journalism is a coming-of-age career option that extends beyond simply writing, presenting or producing sport-related news. Career opportunities include reporting, writing, editing, directing, hosting, announcing for various traditional and new media.
The focus of Sports Journalism also delves into the ethics, business, entertainment and social implications of this field. Although a special degree is not needed to become a Sports Journalist or a Sports Photojournalist, however a bachelor, s degree in English or Communications or Photography would prove beneficial.
With numerous Sports Leagues in India commanding eyeballs, media space and attention alike, Sports Event Management is another occupation demanding highly skilled professionals.
The sports calendar being filled to the brim with the matches and sports events being organized, there is a dearth of dedicated Sports event managers to handle all the aspects of such events. Event companies similar to Percept India Pvt. Ltd. understand the need for a dedicated team to cater to these sporting events and are fast moving to become large scale employers of Sports Event Managers.
Sports Management as a field has seen significant amount of growth. Sports management is all about understanding how to apply business and marketing techniques to the sports world. It is an interdisciplinary field, drawing on aspects of marketing, law, finance and business. Although not much popular, yet sports management as a career is gaining momentum due to the increase in demand in professional sports.
Institutes such as National Academy of Sports Management, Mumbai, Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata, International Institute of Sports Management (IISM), Mumbai, Institute of Sports Management, ISST, Pune, Tamil Nadu Physical Education & Sports University, Chennai, Lakhmi Bai National University of Physical Education, Gwalior, etc offer Master, s and MBA in Sports Management.
Physical fitness is a new obsession with urban India. So, new career opportunities are available in this field. Fitness consultants work in gyms, big hotels, health clubs, fitness centre, spas, tourist and even cruise liners. After gaining some experience you could choose to run your own fitness centre.
A fitness consultant is an individual who is well versed with the human anatomy & different aspect of muscle strength & tone. He would assess his clients & design appropriate fitness progarmmes for them. Programmes would include exercises (aerobics/weight training) dietary guidelines & periodic check-ups.
As gyms and health clubs offer a whole variety of exercise routines such as weightlifting, aerobics, karate, kickboxing, spin cycling, yoga, pilates or tai chi along with Yoga, and Naturopathy, you can choose to specialize in the areas you are comfortable with.
One can pursue Bachelor, s in Physical Education or else go in for Post-Graduate programmes at the Sports Authority of India or even do short term courses from academies like Reebok, s. Starting salaries depends on what you have done and would range from 10,000 to 25,000 per month. But there is no limit for growth. In this profession, you would be fit, meet all kinds of people and can build up a name for yourself.
Institutes that offer courses in Fitness Training are Sports of Authority of India , Central Council of Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (if you want to be a Yoga or Naturopath Expert), National Institute of Aerobics , Talwakers Fitness Academy , Reebok, s Instructor Alliance Programme, Nike, s Aerobics Course.
A relatively new discipline, sportsmedicine draws on fields such as physiology and biomechanics to ascertain a sportsperson, s physique. The current awareness about health and fitness has created a need for experts who can advise individuals about their health needs and suggest a personalized fitness program taking into account lifestyle, time constraints and other relevant factors.
Such professionals may be employed in an advisory capacity by leading health clubs. Hospitals and rehabilitation centres also utilize the services of such specialists to provide sound advice on the best course of action for patients who need structured physical activity.
Such specialists also attend to the maladies of the sports persons during action e.g. sprains, muscle pulls, torn ligaments, fractures etc. Physiotherapists are also required in the field of sports to provide continuous and sustained treatment to the injured individuals.
Institutes such as Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar offer MD in Sports Science and MSc in Sports Physiotherapy, whereas, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune and Sri Ramachandran Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai also offer an MD in Sports Science. Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala offers a PG Diploma for Medical Graduates and JamiaHamdard, New Delhi offers a Master in Physiotherapy in Sports Medicine.
Apart from these, there are some others that you could also check out:
Alagappa University, Karaikudi & University of Madras (TN); Hospital for Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, Arthritis & Accident-Trauma (HOSMAT), Bangalore; All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Kolkata, University of Calcutta, Kolkata; University of Pune; SNDT Women, s University, Mumbai; VidyaSagar Technological Institute of Physical Education & Sports, Nazir Bazar (WB).
Sports Coaching is an imminent job profile from the perspective of the field of professional sports. From coaching at school and college level to professional coaching, sports coaching as a branch of sports related program is highly popular in foreign universities. As a coach, one can be both a team leader and a mentor. Coaches are responsible for developing strategies and for teaching teamwork, sportsmanship and responsibility.
Institutes such as Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Madhya Pradesh and Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports-Eastern Centre, West Bengal offer Diploma in Sports Coaching, while, Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala offers both a Diploma as well as Master, s in Sports Coaching.
If not a sports related career, but you are interested into hard core sports, you can play a sport and be supported by an organization (Public sector one like SAIL, GAIL, Indian Oil) or you can become a trainer, sports journalist, commentator, sports event manager or adventure sports organizer. Professional players are selected from among those who show record performances in a number of tournaments played at various levels. Thereafter, selections are conducted at the institutional level, district level, regional level and the national level. Banks like SBI and PNB recruit sports persons and even the government recruits meritorious sportsmen directly to Group C & D posts if they fulfill the required educational qualification.
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