Saturday, February 15, 2014

Student-athletes should be protected from verbal abuse

We train other people how to treat us--that is the main message of Respect-Me-Rules. And the other side of the coin is that we learn how to abuse and be abused from others. Students in sports routinely are verbally abused as this opinion piece points out: "Athletes share a common denominator in the sense they receive so much verbal abuse. Professional and student-athletes share the responsibility of dealing with the constant heckling of fans and personal attacks on their character, but when enough is enough, isn't it enough?"



I don't have a strong opinion on this--I am not one of those who think kids on horses and bikes and walking down the street need helmets--So I don't think our athletes have to stop listening to coaches--or worse--stop playing altogether--we need a certain amount of "toughening up" or we'll be 'victims" all of our lives and expect others to rescue us. But its worth explaining and keeping in mind that sports is rough--and we might want to see what we are actually teaching our athletes with the verbal abuse things. Is there another way to do this? read below:



Foul play: Student-athletes should be protected from verbal abuse - ocolly.com : Opinion: "When you wake up every morning, do you ever look at yourself in the mirror and critique yourself? Do you point out your many weaknesses as a person emotionally, physically or mentally?
If you are one of the many people who answered no, then maybe you should think twice before you saddle up to get on your high horse."


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1 comment:

  1. Sherrie TaraskevichMarch 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    I think many reasonable people beat them self up enough that they should not be abused by others. Yes many times I degrade myself about something I did or didn't do!! Guess besides for not letting others mistreat us we also need to like the book says respect ourselves.

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Please be respectful in how you use language.