Sidelined USA
Reuniting sidelined athletes with their passions

USA Mentorship Program

Reuniting Sidelined Athletes With Their Sport Through Alternate Avenues


Sidelined USA inspires sidelined athletes to explore another path to re-engage with their passion for their sport. Below are a few alternate avenues in which an athlete can participate!

Areas of Practice


Sports Photography

Sports photography is largely important in the sports world as teams reach their markets through visual media. With the growth of social media, sports highlights and images have the potential to go viral, spreading across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, being shared hundreds of thousands of times, and viewed by millions of fans across the globe. The most exciting plays of the game, the toughest shots, the slickest moves, and the most impressive catches are all captured by a stunning picture, or an amazing angle on a replay. Sports photography is incredibly important to the branding and marketing of sports teams. Sports photography can also be analytic, used by coaches and players alike to critique the team's play and improve their skills. If the arts interest you, or perhaps you are inspired by an amazing picture or an impressive highlight, maybe sports photography is for you.


Sports Journalism

Sports journalism is also a critical part to sports media. The top providers of sports journalism are news stations such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, NBC, ABC, WGN, and FOX. Every big news station has developed a sports news program within their station because of the mass craze for sports media. The sports market is highly profitable. The sports market in North America alone was worth $60.5 billion in 2014. It is expected to reach $73.5 billion by 2019. Sports media rights are projected to go from $14.6B in 2014 to $20.6B by 2019. With the continual growth of the sports media market, the need for sports journalists is increasing. Writers who love sports analytics should strongly consider Sports Journalism. Sports journalists cover analysis of statistics, game play, skill, coaching, management, and more. With the market ever increasing, now is the perfect time for writers to partake in sports journalism.



It's no secret that good coaches know their game and know it well. However, there are special and specific traits that make up a good coach. Good coaches are patient, remain positive through negative situations, and can maintain a controlled composure. After all, coaches are, and should be, the most influential leader on a team. Coaches carry their teams through the emotional highs and lows of a season. The very best coaches inspire their athletes to believe in themselves and are great "life" teachers. Every sport is bigger than Xs and Os -- it goes beyond the court. Coaches assume immense responsibility and carry that responsibility with pride. All in all, great coaches are good communicators, natural leaders, and motivators who are open-minded, passionate, and love what they do. Coaching is a high-caliber job for a high-caliber individual. If you identify with the traits of what it takes to be a coach, it is something you should strongly consider. 

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Athletic Training

Athletic training is a field filled with many sidelined athletes. Perhaps when you were injured your school athletic trainer was the first to help? Maybe you're interested in the medical field? Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Have you ever wondered how you can be apart of the medical field and helping care for other athletes; all while still being apart of the sports world? Athletic Training is great way to do all that! Experience the thrill of being at the games while helping others.