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Violence In Sport Essay

3396 words - 14 pages

Opening statement
In a perfect world children's participation in team sports should be fun, and contribute to their overall physical fitness and well-being. It will also ideally help them to develop social skills, promote an involvement in physical activity and an active healthy lifestyle for life. For these aims and ideals to be realised physical education in schools needs to encourage development of appropriate exercise habits, with emphasis on the recreational aspects of physical activities.

Unfortunately in today’s society violence is seen regularly and plainly through many forms of the media and is something that is often looked upon as being ok. Or at the very least many people ...view middle of the document...

Adult sportsmen need to know that violence is not acceptable. Sportsmen and sportswomen are often role models for thousands of children around Australia that look up to and respect them. In many organisations, this is outlined in their constitution and/or by laws.

The sporting community in Australia has taken a very proactive role in preventing and managing violence in their respective sports and this has the support of governments.
In saying this it has not eliminated the issue of violence in sport and the effects of violence in sport are still influencing many children.

An example of this violence occurred in the 1989 Australia Rules grand final between Hawthorn and Geelong. The game was televised live all over Australia, as well as some Asian and American countries. The opening clash between a Geelong player and Hawthorn star Dermott Brereton was a massive blow and an act of violence. The Geelong player ran from Brereton's blind spot and gave him a huge bump that broke his ribs and made him physically sick. This action was completely inappropriate and exactly what the game didn’t and doesn’t need.

Unfortunately this incident has somehow been turned into a legendary story that has been shown again and again for children footballers to see. This is a terrible message being sent to children around the country.

So how does this effect children watching? Children see a player like Brereton get "cleaned up" by his opponent just because he was the best player and Geelong needed him not to play. They then try to be like their heroes and the next time they play football, at school at lunchtime or in a proper match, they too try to clean up the best player unfairly so that they can get an advantage. This creates violence not only on the field, but also by parents who could start arguing on sidelines because their children have been involved in violent acts that are completely unnecessary.

The issue of violence in sport has also very recently been apparent in many different examples. One of these issues has been the racial taunts that the Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds received from the Indian cricketer Harbajan Singh. This has desensitised the seriousness of this issue for many children around Australia.
Although this example is not an act of physical violence it is another behaviour verbal abuse, which can lead to violence on and off the field between players and spectators. It is very important to prevent and manage verbal abuse with heavy fines and suspensions.

If verbal abuse is not disciplined children will look at these examples and say, “if they can do it, why not us.”

The main theme that has been discovered in these examples is that children are looking up to sportsmen and women all the time and take their example and want to be like them. Violence can be prevented and instead of encouraging the issue it should be looked down on.

George Orwell once made the observation, "Serious sport has nothing to do with...

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