Whether you’re a die-hard sports fan or just don’t understand what everyone gets so excited over, chances are you’ve never taken the time to reflect on why athletics are so important. But there’s got to be something to sports that allows them to make people so happy, sad, and sometimes even a bit crazy.
We’re going to cover the biggest factors that make sports so crucial in our individual lives and as a society. Knowing what’s going on during the game is also essential to understanding what makes them so captivating, so check out this course for a simplified break down of the rules and strategy behind American football.
Bringing People Together
It could be a Pee Wee football team filled with youngsters, an adult kickball league where coworkers break a sweat, or a group of friends huddled around the big screen munching chicken wings while they watch the big game or fight. The bottom line is, sports create a sense of community and togetherness among people from all walks of life. Teammates and fellow fans develop a connection that bonds them for life through competing or spectating.
If you’ve ever been to a major sporting event, remember the feeling you had as part of the roaring crowd cheering for the home team and holding their breath in unison at every big moment. It’s a sensation few activities can replicate. Sports simply bring us together in a way not many other things do.
One of the reasons that professional sports are more popular than amateur or collegiate leagues is that we simply can’t get enough of watching the amazing unfold before our eyes. We tune in to see those who embody the pinnacle of human physical achievement perform feats of athleticism and immense focus in a way only they can. It takes our breath away to witness a 95 mph pitch hit out of the park or a running back shrug off 240 lb linebackers on the way to a touchdown.
We admire their composure when the game’s on the line and hold those who perform “in the clutch” the highest of all. On a deeper level, we understand the combination of raw talent and relentless determination and willpower that made these things possible. The hours upon hours spent in the gym, the painful injuries played through, and the discipline required to become an elite athlete.
For those of you striving for physical excellence yourself, use this course to learn the secrets of hitting a baseball. Or help capture the next gravity defying dunk using the sports photography tips in this blog post.
Distracting Us From Problems
Baseball has long been known as America’s pastime, but these days most would agree that American football is currently the nation’s most popular sport. That explains why, even during a recession, stadiums around the country continued to be filled week after week. In a time when people were cutting back on costs in any way they could, they simply couldn’t resist seeing their favorite team play in person.
That’s because the excitement and emotion behind our favorite sport helps us forget the stresses that come with everyday life. We check our fantasy teams on our work breaks and knock out assignments in anticipation of getting off, cracking a brew, and watching nine innings of baseball or three periods of hockey. It gets us through the day and week regardless of what else is happening around us.
Teaching Rules and Values
There’s a reason we call someone who handles competition – and even defeat – with grace a “good sport”. Sportsmanship is something many of us learned through participating in athletics as kids, whether it was your high school team or just kicking the ball around in the backyard. Sports teach you how to win and lose with a certain amount of character.
They also show us a sense of order and fairness. Our favorite sports would not be nearly as entertaining without the rules, restrictions, and limitations that control them and make it all interesting. There is always a referee or umpire watching to make sure they’re adhered to and doling out penalties and ejections where necessary. In a chaotic and often unfair world, we find comfort in this sense of structure. If you’re interested in learning more about the psychology behind sports, this course can answer any questions you might have.
Now that you know exactly why sports are so appealing to the masses, you’re probably itching to watch a game or even get involved yourself. It might be time to start fundraising for your current recreational team or one you want to start – this course will show you how. Get out there and run, kick, or slide, if you can. It will make it even more enjoyable when you see the athletes who do it so well on TV.