Debate topic: “Should athletes under the age of 18 be able to compete in professional leagues in sport?” In this essay I will be discussing reasons why athlete’s under the age of eighteen years old should not compete in professional leagues in sport. The reasoning revolves around three main points, one being that every child should have a chance to have a childhood as normal and uncomplicated as possible. Secondly children need to develop physically, mentally, emotionally and socially instead of being rushed into it. And thirdly is that it can also have a bad result on the child’s health. The first argument that will be looked at is that all children should have the chance to have a childhood that is as close to normal and uncomplicated as possible. Every kid deserves the chance to be a kid. To run around outside, play in the mud and get dirty or play with their favourite toys and save up every bit of their pocket money to get another doll or action figure to add to their collection. Kids however should not have the need to make big decisions and have lots of responsibility like adults, because that is not what being a kid is all about. Hereby making it an issue for athlete’s under the age of eighteen competing in professional sport. The second argument that will be looked at is that athlete’s under the age of eighteen competing in professional sport should have time to become fully developed in all dimensions of health and to develop physically, mentally, emotionally and socially in all of those areas instead of being rushed into a life that could potentially harm them in the future. The amount of huge changes athlete’s go through when competing in high league professional sports is a lot for anybody to handle, let alone one that is right in the middle of their peak state of development. If this lifestyle was to be chosen for athletes under the age of eighteen, their futures wouldn’t look very promising. The third argument to be discussed is the...
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