It is possible to have a professional career in many sports, but athletes who start late in life will be competing against athletes who have had many years or, in some cases, decades of experience. This is only one of the reasons why parents encourage their children to engage in sports from a young age so that they have enough time to acquire the necessary skills.
Athletes who nourished their skills from a young age had time to hone their skills. It won’t be easy to start young, as there are many socio-economic hurdles that may prevent young people from realizing their dreams. Traumatic experiences or other psychological factors also contribute to the success or failure of a young person in developing their skills.
In some cases, the sport may require a considerable amount of skill and physical readiness, and it is unusual to see people taking it up at a late stage in life. For example, sports like ice hockey and ballet are difficult to master because of the necessity of learning more than one skill, the least of which is ice skating.
However, starting late won’t prevent someone from becoming a successful athlete. The road to success won’t be easy either way. The fact remains that starting younger may hold many advantages for athletes who are serious about pursuing a professional career. It might take a little more work and time to become successful, but it is certainly not impossible.
People who win the genetic lottery have sufficient athletic skills to stand out among the crowd, but they may still need a lot of practice to develop those skills. Talented players will have innate skills that they can tap into at a later stage in life, yet the fact remains that time is of the essence, and experience will almost always win.
Even though it is the dream of most sports enthusiasts to reach the pinnacle of the game, it should not be the focus of an athlete. There will always be better and more successful athletes breaking records, and the sole aim of any athlete should be to be the best version of themselves.