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The Unsung Heroes In The World Of Sport


If you want to work in the world of sport, you might have the vague notion that there are only a few positions to choose between. This is something which a lot of people often find themselves believing, but the truth is that it is not the case.

You don’t have to be a sports star in order to work within the sports industry, and as it happens there are all sorts of people in hidden roles who make the world of sport what it is.

These unsung heroes might well offer you some kind of inspiration for what role you might like to try next. Let’s take a look at some of them and see what we might be able to discover about working in the world of sport.

No matter what the sport is, you can bet that at some point or another there will be a need for medical staff. Having professional medical staff on site at major ball games is especially important. Without them, it would be a much different kind of game altogether. Having those medical professionals there makes the difference between an all-out battle and what might otherwise be a half-hearted attempt at playing the game.

These individuals are well-trained, as any medical personnel must be, and they also often have a love for the game they are chaperoning. Without them sport would be a very different place indeed. If you think you would like to try your hand at this particular profession, you will first need to make sure you get all the relevant medical training.

That can take many years, but if it is your passion then it is probably worth the time and effort.

Administration

Here is one role which you really don’t hear much of very often, and yet they make sport possible through their consistent hard work and diligence. Without a proper administration team, the world of sport would not be quite the same, and the individuals within such teams should be appreciated for what they do.

This might be the ideal role for someone who loves sport, but doesn’t feel able to perform themselves.

If that sounds like you, then you might want to look into how to land yourself this kind of role. As it happens, it is relatively straightforward, so long as you get the relevant training and qualifications. These can be fairly intensive, but are worthwhile. You might look into studying for an online Master’s Degree in Sport Administration, or perhaps through a local institution if you have any choices in that respect.

Or you might try to get in using a similar qualification which you already have. It all depends on the team you are wanting to be a part of, as well as how keenly you present yourself for the role. Make sure that you do everything you can to get it, and you too could be an invisible but vital part of the world of sport.

Just as with almost every other industry on earth, sport too needs marketers to help keep things going. If you have a love of sport or fitness, and you are a keen marketer, then you might have found the ideal role for you in this position.

Of course, there are certain kinds of experience and qualifications which are likely to help you here, and it is always worth looking into what those are. If you have marketing experience in any other field, you might find that this is beneficial, even if it is nothing to do with sport.

You will also receive some decent responses from employers if you merely show some enthusiasm about sport, in particular the aspect of sport you might be looking at. Do that, and they will know that you will probably do a good job of marketing for that area of sport, so this is likely to be a great way to do it.

Marketers ensure that sport remains popular, so if that interests you why not have a look at these roles today.

Counselling

It is not too hard to imagine why many people in the world of sport will have a genuine use for counsellors and therapists. For those at the frontline of sport, performing every day can be a real strain on the emotions as well as the body.

So some of the real unsung heroes of the sporting world have to be the counsellors and therapists who help the sports stars get back up time and time again. If you have an interest or, better yet – a background, in counselling, then why not try your hand at sports counselling? You might find that it is a particularly rewarding position to be in.


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Robert D. Cobb
Founder, Publisher and CEO of INSCMagazine. Works have appeared and featured in places such as Forbes, Huffington Post, ESPN and NBC Sports to name a few. Follow me on Twitter at @RobCobb_INSC, email me at robert.cobb@theinscribermag.com

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