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Posted: 05.16.12, 06:32 PM
I know football through my own choice not to be involved in High School as well as with a step-son 'Sean', who with his interest in physical activity and expression, joined football in high school as well as for a city team. I know that even in high school and city-sports, there are money-feeds coming from college, university, professional sports and ultimately from corporate donors. In high-school and city levels the practices, games and demands are quite high, even higher in College and more-so in University. Sean began with a lot of weight training, with a goal of putting on more muscle-weight so as to be able to through this around. Weight training involved as well specialized nutrient and diets. Essentially Sean, in order to be part of a sport, greatly changed his light flexible body into a heavy tool for social and educational acceptance. Eventually on many occasions, Seans shoulders have dislocated repeatedly.
On three occasions Sean has had three medical surgical operations to his shoulders in order to tighten up tendons. Sean partially has been induced into the football 'educational' route with the hope of becoming a professional players but also along the way partially because the teams at each level provide course tutors, 'one-on-one' helping students like Sean to pass and eventually gain degrees. Football money is quite an inducement right from a young age. No one tells these youth about head-injury statistics across various sports and activities. There is a deep relationship between the brain-injured corporate adult male with money in his pockets and inducements to injure youth. Adults are trying to relive their pain and injuries through youth. Adults with such inner toil keep on repeating their pain and injury vicariously through others in order to come to terms with it.
I had the experience in my 1960's High School days of having a wrestling coach who in the process of researching his PhD, had our team engage in team dialogues for 50% of our training time. Half the time we wrestled, trained and practiced and the other half, we talked with each other about our physical experience, body physics and moves. A lot of our discussion was spontaneously about safety in the moves we were doing as well as hazards of the game. Our coach didn't feed any of our subject material to us. Half of our team went on to win provincial and Canadian national championships.
Stimulating our minds through reflection on our physical experience is key to physical performance. Dialogue sincerely coming from the participants themselves can help transform these games back into the original safe sports from which they arise in children interaction without professional adult intervention as well as into new physically active forms. It is not a matter of physical activity or not, but more about joining the body with the mind to create sensitive articulate sustainable sports arising from our human culture. Sports and physical activity have a huge role in whole body learning.
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