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Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship can be defined as playing with consideration for fairness, ethics, and respect for others. Sportsmanship is all about keeping the integrity of the game. It can be tempting to be a bad sportsman. Competitive emotions can cause disrespect for opponents. Cheating can help you reach your goals. But sports was not meant to be equivalent to war. It is not a selfish, free-for-all, activity. Sports are meant to be beneficial to everyone. When you are a good sportsman, you help keep the integrity of the game, making sure it survives for future generations. If everyone played unfair, was disrespectful and cheated, the game wouldn’t be worth playing anymore. Would you enjoy tennis if every close line call was called out? Look at the game of college football. It is becoming very corrupt with a “win at all costs” mentality. The pressure to win is tempting teams to break NCAA violations. Many colleges sweep criminal activity under the rug to prevent players from being suspended. Is wi…

Sports and Mental Health

On average, athletes are not as happy as society portrays them to be. Many collegiate and professional athletes suffer from anxiety disorders, depression, eating-disorders, and pain-medicine abuse. Injuries such as concussions have a great effect on athletes’ physical and mental well being. Many athletes mismanage their money and go broke while others (Olympians, low ranked tennis/golf pros) can barely break even playing professionally. Some athletes dedicate their entire childhoods to their sports only to burnout and quit.

With all the challenges and stresses of sports, more attention needs placed on the mental health of athletes. However, even with their mental health at risk, many athletes do not seek therapy.  In American culture, mental illnesses are stigmatized. People, especially athletes, think mental illnesses are a sign of weakness. Athletes think they are supposed to be tough and not show their true feelings. When they develop mental illnesses, they feel ashamed and embarr…

Sports and Life Skills

Whereas some people see sports as life, most people see sports as just one small component on the bigger picture of life. They see sports as just a means to a larger end, a way to provide enjoyment, relationships, money, recognition, or self-improvement. There’s a lot to gain and learn from playing sports that can be applied to the rest of your life. As an athlete, you learn virtues such as work ethic, patience, persistence, teamwork, and grace under pressure. These skills can be transferred over to other areas of life if you want them to. However, just being a successful athlete does not guarantee that you’ll be successful outside of sports. There are many examples of successful athletes that don’t know how to succeed in other careers, or manage their personal lives. The skills that you learn in sports need to be actively transferred over to life outside of sports. Don’t just expect it to naturally happen. If you are nervous about an upcoming job interview, you can use the same arous…

Injuries

Injuries are a part of sports. Whether you play a contact sport, over-train, or just get unlucky, you are bound to get injured throughout your athletic career. You have two issues to worry about when it comes to injuries: how to prevent them, and how to deal with recovering from them. Many people think injuries are completely unavoidable. When they get them, they think they were just unlucky. However, this is not always the case. Many injuries can be prevented if you take precautions. Common causes of athletic injuries include:
Common causes of injuries Preventative measures Physical contact It’s hard avoiding being tackled in football, but there’s ways you can minimize the chances of being injured. You can build up muscle mass to protect your bones. You can run out of bounds, or slide to avoid contact. Bad Equipment Better helmets, better shoes, better braces can all help prevent injuries. Overuse, lack of rest Too many reps on a daily basis without rest can cause tendonitis and other injuri…

Sports and Personality

Your personality can have a big effect on your athletic career. Your personality can determine which sports, positions, and playing styles are best fit for you. Psychologists agree that human personalities have some variation of  5 characteristics. Here are the “Big 5” personality characteristics:
Conscientiousness: being thorough, careful, hard-working, and organized. Conscientious people desire to do tasks well. You can range from high to low conscientiousness. Agreeableness: being cooperative, compassionate, sympathetic, and kind. You can range from high to low agreeableness. Neuroticism: Being nervous, fearful, worrisome, stressed, risk-averse, and pessimistic. On one end you can be neurotic, and on the other end you can be calm and optimistic. Openness: being open to new experiences and ideas, being curious and open-minded. You can range from high to low openness. Extroversion/Introversion: Extroverts seek stimuli from the external world. They enjoy being with people and settings such…