Against kid's sports
The dangers of professionalisation. In the US, sports are a quintessential part of people's lives. The identity of many towns is often defined by the teams who play in it, and with higher education costs being as high as they are, many see in them a chance to fund their studies. These are some of the reasons why, in sports like football, basketball and baseball, competition is often is very high from as early as high school. For Anne Helen Petersen, nonetheless, there is something clearly wrong with this system. In this instalment of Culture Study, she explores why putting so much pressure and expectations to play sports, and be remarkably good at them, into children causes long-term damage in someone’s upbringing.
From Anne Helen Petersen