Just saw a presentation on this today which inspired me to ask how you guys feel about this. Hyperspecialization of sports on children is basically when a lot of pressure is put on a child to constantly and excessively practice a sport, to the point where they injure their bodies, some injuries that never go away. This pressure is typically placed on them by their parents or maybe a coach. The damage isn't just physically damaging, but psychologically as well, lowering the feeling of self-worth or esteem in a child/teen when they don't win or achieve high enough in a competition. Obviously hyperspecialization is dangerous and harmful, do you think there should be regulations or laws put in place? How do we make sports an activity where the risk of injury is lowered for children?
Sep 26, 2018
College athletics, especially at larger universities, are one of the primary contributors towards school spirit, school prestige, and scholarship money, etc. However, this article disagrees on a principled level: https://www.counterpunch.org/2014/04/22/why-higher-education-should-rid-itself-of-college-athletics/ What do you think about the article? Are college athletics good for schools? Good for the mission/purpose of schools? If not, should we get rid of athletic programs, either at a varsity level or altogether? Why/why not?