I think their smart & no different then the average person other than that they have tons of money, talent, & fame. I mean athletes have to be business men with all their deals, endorsements, commercials, clothing line, & etc. Yes they have people helping them but to some degree they have a say in their business choices. Also, you even hear about some athletes going after their basketball career to get degrees, like PhD. :)
i experience professional "athletes" to be quite intelligent, cause they mostly have strong dedication and discipline for lots of things in live.
not speaking for those mainstream sports celebs like soccer players or football or whatever. those are often dumb as shit, as they have no other goals in life than their sport. the intelligent athletes i meant are mostly olympic athletes, who don´t do it for the fame.
Depends. Some people get into a sport because they know they're not smart and it's all they can do, but some sporty people do it as a hobby and it grows into something larger. Also being an athlete takes lots of time. So really if we're talking athletes, I'd say maybe there is some correlation between lower intelligence and being an athlete, but if there is it would be really small.
Depends on which sport, there are some sports where the average athlete is dumber or smarter than the other. But just cause they are a Pro Athlete it doesn't mean they are dumber than the average person. Eg. Many basketball players have finished their studies but decided to go to the NBA anyways. Not because they had to, but because they wanted to cause they love the sport😜 hope this helped👌🏼
In some cases, athletes have to be smarter than average, for certain things. An average person may not be able to memorize all the plays or determine on the spot changes through rapid critical thinking. It's just like anyone else in a career field, the best ones are smarter than average ones because they're able to rapidly think and make changes best for the situation.
I think a decent portion trend below, but I think a lot are average and some above too.