Argumentative Youth Sports

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“Competition is a virtue and everybody is so busy competing, they have no time for compassion” (Major Owens). In today’s day and age kids do not have the time to play outside with their friends or play kickball with their neighbors. Instead, they are traveling and spending most of their nights practicing with their club teams. Youth sports have put a strain on kids to the point where the sport has become a job rather than a hobby or passion. Could society be depriving today’s youth the opportunity to simply be a kid by being too focused on sports? Youth competitive sports can negatively affect mental and physical health, as well as stunt the important relationships between children and their coaches.
According to nbc.com, forty-five million
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Medicaldictonary.com defines burnout syndrome as “fatigue or frustration brought about by devotion to a way of life or relationship that failed to produce the expected results”. The syndrome is considered, by experts, to be part of a spectrum of conditions that include overreaching and overtraining. Exhaustion, the dominant indication of burnout, is linked to the intense training and competitive strains put on by coaches and parents. Nbcnews.com states fourteen percent of kids are in organized sports, it seems likely a large portion of that percent are experiencing burnout syndrome because of the pressure, stress and exhaustion the sport has put on them . Burnout syndrome can lead to perfectionism, the need to please others, becoming non- assertive, low- self-esteem, and high anxiety. On top of growing up and trying to figure out who they are, kids do not need the extra stress to be perfect which could potentially lead to psychological affects later in life. “It’s not fun anymore. They wanted to have a good time, make friends, and …show more content…
It can cause interference with healthy childhood development, mood, emotions, sleep, and appetite, controlling their behavior and physiological functions. In the article “Over Training Syndrome” it explains there have been signs of an increases in serotonin and decrease of dopamine because feelings of lethargy and the loss of ambition. This leads to reduction of motor unit recruitment in muscles, in an effort to conserve energy until more glucose is ingested in the system. It is not uncommon to find an athlete who tries to starve themselves to develop the “the right body”. They may aspire to become leaner, or inflate their body size with illegal substances. Some children experience nausea, headaches, loss of competitive drive, and often times loss of appetite. Over use of muscles is the most common affect in sports. Every year, more than 3.5 million children under the age of fifteen require medical treatment for sports injuries, nearly half of which are the result of overuse, explains www.nytimes.com . A sports surgeon, Dr. James R. Andrews, said he now sees four times as many overuse injuries in youth sports as he did just five years ago. Along with overuse, more children have to undergo surgery for chronic sports injuries. According to http://educatedsportsparents.com , 1.24 million athletes were seen in

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