Written by Harold Finch of Generate Sponsorship
If you’ve been a professional athlete, chances are you’ve put countless hours into training, practicing, competing, training more, living the lifestyle of a champion, training and practicing more, and then again even more! But there comes a time in your life when you need to hang up your shoes and give your body the rest it deserves. A career as a professional athlete can be hugely fulfilling, but such an intense lifestyle can’t be sustained for an entire lifetime. That doesn’t mean that you need to give up the thrill of the sport or a life you love. Here’s how you can continue your sporting career off the track!
Stay involved with your sport by coaching
Just because your competition days are done, doesn’t mean you need to give up involvement with the sport you have loved for so many years. There are so many great ways to get involved with your sport, and this can open up a whole new career for you! What better way to give back to your community and the future of your sport, than by coaching young people? You’ll have a great opportunity to share the heart and soul of your experiences with young people looking up to you as a mentor and coach. This is a great way to also develop new skills, work with new people, and really experiencing a rewarding role.
As a coach, you’ll also get to enjoy the thrill of the competition as you eagerly support your coachees in their sport! It is really the ultimate way to get the most out of your sport, and keep this a lifelong passion.
Teach or speak
There are so many life lessons that can be learned through competitive sports, and this wisdom is best when shared with others. So you can consider the possibility of teaching workshops or speaking at events or at schools to young people, about the things you’ve learned as a professional athlete. You have held a role that so many young people look up to and you can use this position to really guide them positively on their path.
Whatever you choose, you can find a deeply fulfilling way to continue your career and open up a new chapter off the track. And don’t forget that you can always go back to your sport to enjoy, without the intensity of the competition! One day you may be able to teach your own children about how much you loved the sport, and coach them to success of their own.