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We have a great contributed post today on the hidden dangers of sports -- and how to avoid them. Read up and let us know what you think in the comments.
Exercise is essential for a healthy life, and there’s no better way to stay fit than to play sports. Also, there is a social aspect which helps people make friends and build a productive life. If that wasn’t enough, contests are fun and competitive at the same time and kill two birds with one stone.
You are forgiven for thinking that sports are only positive, but the reality is very different. Like all things in life, there are pros and cons, and the negatives can be destructive. To help you avoid them, here is a list with details on how to sidestep the hurdles.
Everyone accepts that getting hurt is a possibility on the field but don’t think about the off the field repercussions. Many athletes suffer from back pain and broken limbs as a result of an incident during the game. And, while your back pain may qualify you for disability, this isn’t true of every ailment.
In fact, disability benefits are means tested so an impact injury won’t get you very far. Avoiding an injury is almost impossible, which is why insurance is essential. As long as the policy covers hobbies and interests, the premiums should go back in your pocket and help pay the bills.
There is a real threat of passing on illness by swapping blood and saliva. However, if the regulations are comprehensive, the risk should be minimal. There are different diseases which have nothing to do with the physical contact but mental attitude, though.
Gymnasts regularly suffer from bulimia and anorexia in an attempt to keep their weight down. Anyone who thinks this only applies to professionals is mistaken. Competitive people will do anything to win, and that means skipping meals in the amateur ranks.
Vince Lombardi said you should win at all costs, and lots of athletes take that to heart. In the elite ranks, there is an excuse for this attitude because a lot is at stake. On a Sunday morning in the park, it can get the way of the fun. And don’t underestimate the value of enjoyment in recreation as it’s what makes you play again and again.
Also, your will to win can permeate into other areas and impact your whole life. Some people can’t play with their children without needing to win, and that affects their relationship. That is maintaining perspective is crucial.
Sports nuts would love nothing better than to play professionally. To get to that point, you have to put in a lot of effort and make sacrifices. Sadly, even that doesn’t guarantee anything as only one percent of people go on to be pros.
If football or basketball is your life, this realization can hit you hard. The people who bounce back are the ones with an exit strategy. A degree, for example, means you are not back at square one should you get cut.
The world of sports is dangerous. Hopefully, these tips will help you navigate without incident.