Sports are an important aspect in society. They help people to strive to reach certain goals and join people together, but they also can divide people and turn a fun game into the main purpose of someone’s life. Taking sports games too seriously can be harmful for both the athlete and the spectator. The attitude of always winning at any cost in sports and has managed to distract us from other important parts of our lives, such as health and education. This importance of the value of sports can heavily influence the way that we see ourselves as both the spectator and the athlete by creating a positive self image and distilling confidence and discipline within the player, or by embedding self doubt and invertedness. The values of sports can influence Being part of a team creates a bond between teammates that can last a lifetime. Also, enduring the criticism of the coaches distills proper direction and discipline that you would likely not learn off the field. In “The Real New York Giants”, the author, Rick Reilly, writes about how a football team of firefighters loses many teammates and friends due to the attacks on September 11th, 2001 on the twin towers, and how the bonds and closeness of that group helped them to keep playing football and honor their fallen friends whom they became so close with through the sport (**insert beginning pg #). While in this certain circumstance, the importance of sports did not affect Society loves sports and as a result, the fans idolize the athletes, almost as celebrities. Along with this new “celebrity” standing, comes major pressures to always be “perfect” or in the “right”. If the athletes make one mistake or have a bad game, their standing with the fans and their popularity changes negatively, lowering their self-esteem and confidence. In the short story, “The Silent Season of a Hero”, Gay Talese talks of how the former baseball star, Joe DiMaggio felt pressured to always uphold the myth of the “perfect” player with patience (444-445). In the essay, “Kill ‘Em! Crush ‘Em! Eat ‘Em Raw!”, John McMurty, a former professional football player, talks about his experience and injuries during his personal career. He endured many injuries such as broken nose, fingers, jaw, and toes, a dislocated shoulder, pinched nerves, etc. Acquiring injuries such as these tore him and other athletes apart, especially since they felt pressured to continue to play with these injuries because the spectators. The author talks of how people love to see the players “blindsided, clotheslined, or decapitated.” which leads to those injuries that they obtain. The viewers love violence and pain, so “Either you, too, do your very utmost to efficiently smash and be smashed, or you admit incompetence or cowardice and quit.”(Find page
When discussing why sports matter and the influence it has had over the course of history, many controversial issues have been whether or not sports have taught us to cultivate discipline. Sheed explains that sports can play an important role in the lives of people by helping them discover who they are and where they want to be. The lesson of sports goes deeper than just practicing or playing a game, they help build characteristics that will prepare you for many obstacles in life. Sheed mentions that sports were created and put into schools to teach discipline, patience, and honesty to male students. He continues to point out that sports are very competitive and that sportsmanship and discipline does not matter anymore, but instead the very need to win. In “Why Sports Matter,” Wilfrid Sheed, contends that “sports did not only outlaw cheating but drilled its participants to detect and despise it in each other”. This was a crucial lesson taught to a nation based on transactions.
As our society continues to put more emphasis on how sports are viewed, the central theme that has always been associated with sports has evolved into something bigger. The power of sports extends further than the scoreboard and can bring a nation or a race together during times of strife. The sport can bring together a local town rivalry, to a country itself given a dramatic experience, or up to a race of people continuing through persecution or oppression.
In “children Need to Play,” Jessica Statsky talks about her concerns regarding the issues of the destructive effects of competitive sports on children. Parents need to acknowledge this reality because it has a great influence on children at this time of age and it has become an integral part of life. As these games are designed on the basis of an adult, there physical and psychological aspects are considered before hand and a child under 14 years of age can easily be damaged on physical and psychological levels because all these sports are dangerous to children. Extreme physical activities put an unbearable strain on the developing bodies. The idea of winning sometimes forces the little ones to go to such extents that sometimes that
The definition of sports has significantly altered, since the dawn of man. Sport was originally created as a source of entertainment for the public eye, but today, in society, sports serve a bigger purpose than separating the losers from the winners. According to an extensive quote written by Lewis Lapham, “..sports preserve an illusion of innocence...” that give both fans and spectators various abstract things. Therefore, the perception can be argued that sports are simply a mere diversion from life and provide only conceptual notions and feelings like living in a dream. Thus, this “...illusion...accounts for the wealth of American sports” (Lapham). On the other hand, one side can equally argue, sports are more than just a distraction and
...he people playing the sports aren’t very happy while playing them. But because they are good at it, and get paid to play, they force themselves to be happy. Sports, in our culture, can be a very beneficial thing, but it can also be very detrimental to the mind and body of those playing them. Even though we enjoy participating, either physically or visually, in sports, think of how damaging they can be to the ones who really get hurt.
Sports are a popular pastime among all ages and types of people. People not only participate in them for fun, but also for money, physical fitness, rush of competition, and for many other personal reasons. Playing sports is especially common among young people in schools. Athletics are great and enjoyable for many reasons, but there can be a point where sports participation can go too far and become negative for children and adults. Sports specialization for young people is an increasing trend that results in sports having a negative impact on individuals and society.
Much like character development, fostering self-esteem in young athletes is dependent upon the way the sport is presented. If the sport is presented in a way that instills confidence and security, sports can instill or improve self-esteem. Once again, it is not the sport in itself that instills self-esteem but rather the way the sport is presented. However, there is a link between self-esteem and physical activity that may have a lot to do with why and how youth players can develop healthy self-esteem from sports. “Furthermore, in terms of child development, positive parental involvement can help develop important skills such as self-esteem, motivation and social skills”(Quinton)
In the book entitled A Sociological Perspective of Sports, Wilbert Marcellus Leonard II says, “Many of us have strong opinions as to the value of competitive sports. Some of our beliefs are based on personal experiences, others are not” (219). I have my own strong opinions about the value of sports, most of which are based on personal experiences. I have been surrounded by, and involved in, competitive level sports my entire life.
The knowledge and cunningness of professional athletes has greatly contributed to many players’ sense of greed, justifiability, and ignorance, and can be astounding. While some may be better able to handle the wealth and celebrity status that comes with being a professional athlete, others cha...
“Sports are for fun, but they also offer benefits and lessons that carry over into all aspects of life”. This well-known anonymous quotation conveys the message that sport is the game which has some rules and custom. It is not only for fun and entertainment, but there are also some benefits of playing sports and which gives some important lessons for life. Every kind of physical sports is healthy because it involves running, jumping, stretching, mind skills and much more. There are so many sports available in the world nowadays, but we can categorize them by the numbers of players, the three main categories are individual sport, dual sport and team sport.
Between the indifferent and the protestor, we find a marvelous creature called an athlete whose species is varied into many different types; the marshmallow, the jelly bean, and the rock. Athletes can be found everywhere- in the classroom, locker room, the gym, the thick of the game, and in church. Places people will not find athletes are up late, in bars, missing church, in trouble, or being disrespectful to his elders. An athlete is made of wondrous stuff. Athletes have the eyes and the steadiness of an architect, the muscles of a body builder, the speed of a bullet, the reflexes of a cat, the heart of a lion, and the faith of a saint. To his coach an athlete is a modeled player, a perfectionist to be encouraged, a student to be taught, and a dream come true. To his teammates an athlete is a hard worker, unselfish, modest, determined, and understands the meaning of teamwork. To himself the athlete is never good enough, aware that he is an example to others, the reason his team lost, but never why they won. An athlete is an amazing being. People may dislike him, but you have to admire his performance; doubt his capabilities, but never his courage; question his efficiency, but never his effort. People might be able to defeat the athlete, but never make him quit.
Firstly, it is vital to note that anxiety, motivation, and concentration tremendously influence people's self-confidence and their performance at the long-run (Damon & Raedeke, P 188). Higher self-confidence reduces anxiety. The vice versa is also true. This is based on the fact that optimally confident sports people experience fewer doubts on self. Their worries reduce and give room for concentration in their activities. Additionally, motivated athletes are in a better position to strive towards achieving their goal. Motivation enables sports people to combat negativity and low self-esteem as they focus more on their goals other than obstacles. Therefore, it is fundamental to note that coaches and sports people must collaborate in finding any mechanisms that could stimulate and uphold self-esteem since it is, directly and indirectly, impactful to their
In conclusion, it is explicit that sports is a positive influence on athletes, spectators and the world as a whole as it teaches imperative life lessons as well as allows its participants to experience enjoyment, fulfilment and gratification. As mentioned previously sports enables its players to bring out the best in others and create unity amongst groups as team work is so essential. This highlights the views I have in conjunction with the views of Joe Humphrey.
The main goals behind Sport Education are to help students become knowledgeable about different sports and activities to the point where they can participate in these outside of the classroom to stay active. Also it teaches execution and strategies and encourages competitiveness. It is important for kids to be competitive because they will have to be in life and it will teach the importance of winning and losing the right way. “Sports offer kids a great chance to work cooperatively toward a common goal. And working coope...
Participating in team sports is important not just for health reasons, but also for your healthy intellects and emotions. Playing sports that is in range of the player’s interest helps relieve stress and maintain their mental health. A team is mostly about unity within the team and with the coach, so no one can be selfish. Therefore playing in team sports develops good characteristics within oneself. Being part of a team sport should help create the opportunity to gain meaningful insight into one's leadership, social and cognitive development. Team sports helps build good character because they teach athletes discipline and how to have good sportsmanship. Chatterjee and Jatta declared that human beings learn and work together in various professional