As an undergraduate in RSS, an article I would recommend to future RSS 4092 students is:
While trying to think of a topic to write about for a Recreation and Sport Studies paper, I saw a commercial on television about the upcoming Masters golf tournament which featured Tiger Woods. Seeing the image of Tiger Woods instantly gave me the idea for my paper. In 2009, Woods’ private life was plastered all over the media, as there were allegations that he had been cheating on his wife. These allegations proved to be true and had detrimental affects on Woods’ life. He withdrew himself from multiple upcoming golf tournaments, lost many of his sponsorship deals and lost the respect of a lot of his fans. Many people blamed Woods for teaching poor morals to young children who looked up to him. This led to my question: should professional athletes be expected to be role models?
LeMier (2008) examines whether or not athletes should have the responsibility to portray themselves as a positive role model to children. According to LeMier, there are three main issues when it comes to the influence that athletes have on young children:
- the moral development of the youth,
- the potential influence by athletes on the behavior of the youth, and
- how athletes are expressed through the media as exceptions to the rules.
As a graduating undergraduate in RSS, an article I would recommend reading is:
“Working with religious and spiritual athletes: Ethical considerations for sport psychologists” by Mustafa Sarkar, Denise M. Hill, and Andrew Parker is an article on how much religion has become a part of sport in today’s society and the importance on how sport psychologists discuss this topic with their clients. The article touches on all different religions and how some may praise their god for their success, an example of this being a Muslim athlete saying, “Allah gave me the speed and strength, and I worked for His glory” instead of statements such as “I’m fast, I’m strong, I’m ready” (Sarkar et al., 2014).
I personally feel that religion is important and should be practised everyday by a person of faith; however I do not feel that all the blame or glory should be placed on that respective god and that sport psychologists should explain this to their clients.
Do you feel that athletes of faith should place all their success or failures on their respective god and is it up to a sport psychologists to explain this to the athlete?