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Descriptions & Duties

  • Athletes compete in athletic or sports events. They train, compete, either individually or as part of a team in their chosen sport.
    They are responsible for participating in athletic or sports events, competing according to established rules and regulations; participating in regular practice and training sessions under the supervision of athletic trainers or professional coaches to maintain the required standard of fitness and skills to prepare for competitions;
    maintaining equipment used in a particular sport in good condition;
    participating in sports promotional activities and media interviews;
    deciding on strategies and tactics of competitive sporting events in consultation with coaches; assessing performance of other competitors and conditions at venues; obeying the rules of the sport during competitions and games; assessing performance after each athletic or sports event, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and making adjustments to improve future performance.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Trade Specific Competencies

Sports knowledge and skills

Athletes must have a good understanding and practised skills in a sport in order to achieve the best level in the competition.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • usually have secondary school education.

Other specific requirements

  • must have superior athletic talent; have extensive knowledge of their sport, especially its rules, regulations, and strategies.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Athletes often work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. They may be exposed to all weather conditions during the season in which they play their sport. They may travel to sporting events in other countries.


  • Exercise balls - Stability balls
  • Lower body resistance machines - Lower body weight machines
  • Medicine ball - Fitness balls
  • Physiological recorders - Motion analysis equipment
  • Resistive exercise bands or putty or tubing or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy - Therapeutic exercise bands
  • Stair climbers - Power stairclimbers
  • Stationary bicycles - Exercise bicycles; Recumbent exercise bicycles
  • Training weight - Weight plates; Weighted vests
  • Treadmills - Fitness treadmills
  • Upper body resistance machines - Core strengthening wheels; Upper body ergometers

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