Professionalism is now the reality in many sports. For the professional sportsperson (most professional sports are male), there are several challenges and issues that make them a 'special' type of worker. We explore three of the challenges of the sports professional: the short-term nature of the career and its implications which includes living with injury and the fear of life after a sports career; second, the 'brawn drain'; and third, the celebrity status of athletes.
Sayers, J., & Edwards, M. (2004). The Brawn-Drain? Issues for the professional sports worker. In P. Spoonley, A. Dupuis & A. de Bruin (Eds.), Work and working in twenty-first century New Zealand (pp. 243-248). Palmerston North, N.Z.: Dunmore Press.