Soccer has gone a long way in the United States and is recognized as a great sport at the present time. Today, millions of American boys and girls play this sport.
But it is a change that has worried many: sports fans, parents who do not want their children to be attacked on football fields, and children, that must develop a lifelong passion for sport.
Hyper-competitiveness can not only be harmful to the physical well-being of a child, but also to the mental well-being of him/her. It affects children on both individual and team levels. Below we take a closer look at the disadvantages of hyper-competitiveness.
Blame the Player
The problem is not with the sport, the issues come with the high competitiveness of teams. First, the risk of injury is very high. In part due to the decision, of many children, to focus heavily on practicing a particular sport. The issue is the way players approaches the sport.
The Pediatrics medical journal offers a detailed analysis on football-related emergency room visits, among children of a certain age.
From 7 to 17 years an increase was revealed in certain types of injuries. Researchers found that the annual injury rate per 10,000 football players increased 111.4 percent between 1990 and 2014.
And according to these shocking statistics, girls are usually more injured than boys because of certain physical attributes and activities.
Away from Home
Another issue is that, those who play for the development academies’ team are forbidden to play with their school teams, even if they make friends on their soccer teams.
We Are What We Do
Instead of creating policies and encouraging the construction of a powerful national team, US Soccer organizations could set up rules, which would still focus on garnering great talent.
It could set up teams in the school calendar, so that school classmates can continue to play together. You could also use your own platform to deny segregation of young athletes, and to encourage players to take participate in more sports, through the schools.
We can conclude by saying that hyper-competitiveness at young levels is certainly bad and harmful for the body and mental well-being of children who are growing into teenagers or adults.
It is a global concern, but even more so in the United States. It is a pressing issue that needs a solution before it gets out of hand.
The most important thing is the children. We always have to protect them. Something that US Soccer should do.