Dreaming of becoming a college or professional athlete?
The fame and the fortune of being a professional athlete
can be very attractive to an athlete in high school or college who is trying to
figure out what to do with their life. What's better than taking something
that you're really good at and making lots of money with it? What a young
athlete needs to be aware of is the facts. The number of high school athletes that actually go on to
play college and pro sports is extremely competitive, and that's putting it mildly.
Source: National Collegiate Athletic Association. Estimated Probability of Competing in Athletics Beyond the High School Interscholastic Level.
Let's take a closer look at some of these numbers. The most competitive appears to be for those who play basketball. Approximately three percent of male and female high school basketball players go on to play college basketball, and only about one percent of those players turn pro. Consider the number in terms of how many high school basketball players actually turn pro. According to the estimations, only 0.02 to 0.03 percent of high school players end up playing in the NBA or WNBA. Think about that number. That means out of every 10,000 high school players, only two or three will ever get the chance to play professional basketball!
No one wants to squash your dreams. If you think
you've got what it takes, then, by all means, you should pursue it. It is
important, however, to be
realistic. Have a backup plan. Even if you are good at something or even great at something,
it seems that there's always someone out there who is faster, more consistent, or more clever.
If you are one of those skilled enough or lucky enough to make the cut, keep in
that sports injuries DO happen.
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