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The importance and influence of sports in our culture

What Is the Role of Sports in Society?

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  • He came from a poor immigrant family and is now well known for acting, and his support for the homeless;
  • People use sports to express themselves;
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  • JohnAmaechi I don't think there's a 'simple answer' or that this question is a simple dichotomy;
  • The relationship with the national or regional cultural characteristics and the sports are enormous in these days, especially in schools in North and South America;
  • Their dominance shows selectivity.

JohnAmaechi I don't think there's a 'simple answer' or that this question is a simple dichotomy. My understanding after being involved in amateur and professional sports as a player, administrator, in governance, and even as an owner as well as examining the research on numerous specific 'power of sport' interventions across the US and parts of Europe is that sport is indeed disproportionately powerful, a classic example of a privileged entity that over-promises and under-delivers, except for an elite few, and has done this for decades.

Sport is the ultimate venture capital pyramid - big, wide-ranging investment with a tiny proportion of people reaping any rewards at all and 'collateral damage' as a necessary by-product.

In the scheme of the current US election rhetoric, I know this is an automatically divisive idea, but I think the parallel holds some water. It's a bubble that is more resilient than the housing market, but an alternate reality bubble nonetheless.

Culture and sport

Sometimes it's easier to believe this suspension of reality that allows coaches, athletes, and administrators of sports who lack any real vision to be so powerful, is somehow 'the way it should be' rather than critically question the role of sport in society. Sadly, the hero-worship of people without vision only serves to blind huge swathes of society, so I can't endorse it. People who rejected the idea of their own disproportionate privilege even as they sat drinking champagne with royalty on the basis of their position in sport alone.

They also reject the idea that putting a ball in a hole is indeed not that important in the scheme of most families, never mind society at large, but I did that for twenty years, and both my experience, and the pervasive research seem to back the idea that we all may be backing the wrong horse here. Before you think otherwise, I do believe we can do amazing things with sport or art or maths or dance - you get the idea.

Impact Of Sport On Human Society

Sadly, much of sport and those who govern and 'teach' it are anti-intellectual, emotionally illiterate, blinkered by raw machismo, institutionally racist, homophobic, and misogynist, and as such, what they teach and the type of person produced at the end of that experience, is exactly the kind of person who lacerates his shooting hand on a fire hydrant case when he gets frustrated at a game, not to mention the kind of people whose lives disintegrate into relationship breakdown, under-employment, and alcoholism once their 'glory days' are over - especially when those glory days end in junior high.

There are some great people doing great things through sport, but frankly they are the magic element, and if they taught French or Zumba, the participants might be demographically different, but the impact would likely be similar.

Culture and Sport

My critique is NOT of these people using sport to do good, but rather the lack of public analysis of the appropriate role of sport and insisting that those who administer and coach do so in a way that produces the outcomes we are so boldly promised. Sadly, the science on these impacts is what good scientists call "equivocal at best. There seems to be a sad and dangerous parallel between its unfettered and unquestioned role in society and those of other institutions that promise much to many and deliver little - sometimes nothing - to most, except those privileged few.

  1. Usually, a better level of sport competition occurs in clubs. Buhrmann cited by Snyder and Spreitzer, 1978 studied that athletic participation was more strongly linked with educational success among boys from poorer socioeconomic backgrounds.
  2. Teachers have preparation from physical education, the majority are not prepared to coach.
  3. Sport is the ultimate venture capital pyramid - big, wide-ranging investment with a tiny proportion of people reaping any rewards at all and 'collateral damage' as a necessary by-product. The event has been held annually since 2003.

And in case you're wondering, there is a solution: These men and they are mostly men don't need to become therapists, but they do need to be able to understand that their charges are people first and athletes second, they need to be able to respond appropriately to a crying boy "Man up! At the moment, we have some of the most interpersonally under-qualified and emotionally vacant people coaching some of our most vulnerable young people, and if these people think that teaching a child to kick, pass, or shoot is the sum of their job, then we - and they - are screwed.

More questions on sports:

  1. Some influences occur, for future career in professional sports, being the only way for some poor children.
  2. The Paralympic Games originated in 1948 and since 1952 the Paralympics have been staged in Olympic years. Like an artist at the canvas, coaches paint the picture that will win them the game.
  3. Swimming, football, basketball, volleyball, athletics, hockey, tennis, baseball, judo, wrestling, karate, and soccer. Both countries are fanatic for sports and this fanaticism exerts a great power in school.
  4. What new ideas or technologies have changed your culture in the last ten years?
  5. The plays put out on the field are nothing short of a master piece.