Violence in Sport

Opening statement
In a perfect world children's participation in team sports should be fun, and contribute to their overall physical fitness and well-being. It will also ideally help them to develop social skills, promote an involvement in physical activity and an active healthy lifestyle for life. For these aims and ideals to be realised physical education in schools needs to encourage development of appropriate exercise habits, with emphasis on the recreational aspects of physical activities.

Unfortunately in today’s society violence is seen regularly and plainly through many forms of the media and is something that is often looked upon as being ok. Or at the very least many people have become desensitised to it. These issues will be looked at further in the research being conducted and then a strategy will be put in place to minimise the problems caused by violence in sport.

Question 1
Research the historical perspectives of this issue-include at least one case study where your issue is apparent.

Firstly to fully understand this issue we must look at a definition of violence in sport.
Violence in sports is defined by M.D.Smith as, "a physical assault or other physically harmful actions by a player that takes place in a sports context and that is intended to cause physical pain or injury to another player (or fan, coach, game official, etc.), where such harmful actions bear no direct relationship to the rules and associated competitive goals of the sport."

Violence in sport is not a new thing. It is an issue that officials, sporting organisations and governments have been trying to manage for several years.

Many sporting organisations have established procedures for managing violence that occurs during sport. This begins in the way officials manage the play and the way that players have been briefed by their coaches. Community sporting organisations need to have procedures in place to manage and prevent violence on and off the field and to...