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Being an athlete of any type, whether at an amateur, college, or professional level, is a commitment that can take its toll on both your body and mind. If you have talent and passion, playing extreme sports may be all you want to do, but there are challenges that come with being an athlete of this kind that you should consider. It is not a conventional lifestyle, that’s for sure.

Here are 3 things you should consider if you are an extreme sports athlete.

Early Retirement

If you are an extreme sports athlete, especially at a professional level, you need to consider that you will likely be forced to retire before ever reaching retirement age. If you are extremely successful, this may be fine with you because you will have enough money to survive after retirement, but if not you may need to think about what other profession to go into after retiring from extreme sports. Most people retire in their 30s, but in some cases they are able to compete in extreme sports into their 40s. 

In some cases, people retire in their 20s because even though they are young they can already feel the toll it’s taking on their bodies. Listen to your body, get checked by doctors regularly, and retire when it is best for you.

Risk Of Injury Or Death

Unfortunately, many extreme sports are very dangerous. You should never attempt the things you see others do unless you know what you’re doing, or you could risk serious injury or even death. Even professionals have unavoidable accidents sometimes though, and over the years many extreme sports athletes have died doing what they loved most. 

The element of risk is what attracts some people to these sports though, as it is thrilling to them. Just always be aware that what you are doing is dangerous and take safety precautions whenever possible.

Pay

It is important to remember that most extreme athletes do not make the same amount of money as other types of professional athletes. In many cases the pay is not good at all. Most people do it because of their love for the sport, not for the pay. But of course, everyone needs money to survive, so it is something you should consider and plan for.

It is popular for extreme sports athletes to go on to start their own companies after retiring, and then that’s how they’re able to survive financially for the remainder of their lives. This could be a good option. But you should be thinking about pay well before retirement, and keep in mind that you may even have to work another job while competing. 

Being an extreme sports athlete is not an easy lifestyle, but it can be a very fulfilling one. As long as you know what to expect, you are definitely in for a lifetime of fun and excitement! 

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