Sports Essay (Expository)

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Practicing sports allows people to reap a variety of benefits. Participating in sports helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle by getting the exercise your body needs and can also serve as a stress reliever. Some people take sports more seriously than others and want to pursue a career as professional athletes. Many athletes push themselves to work towards perfection in an attempt to reach this dream. However, along the way many athletes lose sight not only of what they are working so hard towards but also of what is right and begin doing wrong things that eventually hurt them, their loved ones and sometimes even their own reputations.

While trying to work hard towards their goals, some athletes forget what their responsibilities are and prioritize work before more important things. Because they are aiming for perfection, they overwork themselves and pay little or no attention to their family. Track athlete Cortney Jacobs, basketball player Sherron Collins, volleyball player Paula Caten and football player Eric Butler have all found themselves doing this throughout their careers. They are all on the road a lot of the time meaning they don’t have a lot of time to spend with their children and partners. Jacobs has stated that when she’s lucky she gets to see her husband and 4 year old daughter twice a month. Sometimes it’s not the long hours and traveling which causes problems for the athletes and their families. Sometimes athletes are focusing on themselves so much; they act selfishly and carry out deeds that have serious repercussions on not only them, but their loved ones as well. Not caring about the rest of their family, they act recklessly and thinking only of themselves, engage in a variety of misdeeds including adultery. This of course, eventually hurts the entire family. In 2003, Kobe Bryant admitted to engaging in an extramarital affair. His status as a famous athlete meant his young wife had to deal with her marriage being in trouble while dealing with the media circus that surrounded the revelation of the affair. A more recent and infamous example of this would be the professional golfer Tiger Woods’ numerous extramarital affairs which were exposed earlier this year. Woods infidelities lead to his and his wife Elin Nordegren’s divorce and her return to her home country Sweden leaving his two small children to grow up without a father figure. Apart from damaging existing relationships they have, athlete’s sometimes form new unhealthy ones too. In sports business, advice is thrown at athletes from all sides and in their quest to make succeed and become well known in their sport, athletes may take the wrong advice and unwisely allow bad people to influence them. Unknowingly and slowly, athletes may be lead down the wrong path without an easy way to turn back. A big problem the sports industry has had to fight is the use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. It is neither uncommon nor unheard of that young and starting athletes and athletes whose performances have hit a rut turn to steroids. Out of desperation or ambition, they think of how steroids might help their performance while forgetting about the serious side effects which include increased chances of having cardiac arrest, liver damage, infertility and uncontrollable aggression to name a few. Soccer player Lyle Alzado, boxer Jason Giambi and baseball players Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez are only a few of many athletes who have used steroids. Aside from having serious physical and psychological side effects, steroids negatively affect athletes in other ways too as was the case with Olympic champions Ben Johnson and Marion Jones. Gold medalist Marion Jones was one of the best and most respected track and field athletes in the world but her choice to use steroids had huge consequences on her career. Steroids may have helped her become the best female sprinter and one of the...
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