Sport is commonly seen as a part of society. Although one finds the role of sport in society more important than others, the fact is that sports is an essential component of our society. Since sport is a part of our society, it automatically has an influence on its functioning. This means that if groundbreaking things happen in sports, there will directly be noticeable consequences in everyday life. If we talk about effects in the long run, the so-called Heysel tragedy is a good example, in which an x number of people died because they were crushed against fences while standing and watching a football match. This has led to the prohibition of standing-places from that moment on in football stadiums. It followed that the grandstands got entirely filled with seats. Recently, this issue has become topic of discussion again, since standing during a football match is experienced as more exciting.
This paper will focus on the effects caused by sports on society and also the other way around. More specifically, it will be, among other things, about the effects, contributions and influences that sport has on the economy, health and the social and political landscape.
Sports have always had a positive effect on the society. Although professionalism causes certain negative effects these days, the positive aspects of sports still surpass the aggregate of all the negative aspects of sports in our society. For instance, sports make people communicate and work together so that a bond is created among a team or a group. In addition, fans which support the same team or country are united and brought together.
One’s eagerness to win in sports will also be reflected in other aspects of his live. Doing sports also helps one to create a self-identity. Being able to form a bond with other people and using your abilities in order to perform as best as you can give a sense of recognition.
Health and sports
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