Research Paper: Addiction to Violence in Sports

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[. . .] Martial artists, boxers, and American football players must be violent as a part of their sport. Lacrosse and ice hockey are also popular and competitive sports where violence is a key aspect to the game. Boxing is a sport of violence, as is wrestling (professional and Greco-Roman). Boxing is quite simply too men (or women) beating each other in a strategic manner, so as to knock them unconscious, knock them to the floor with such for that they remain there for at least ten seconds, and/or induce enough internal & external damage that the match must be stopped. It does not get much more violent than that, except for maybe mixed martial arts matches. Audience members enjoy the violence, savor the violence, and often wish they could be a part of the violence personally. This is a reason why video games that mimic boxing, MMA, football, and even soccer are so very popular, particularly in cultures where violence is prevalent in real life as well as in media representations, such as the United States of America.

Violence does not always lead to further violence. By exorcising one's violent tendencies through sports activities, one may actually be more peaceful, calm, and tranquil because of participation in sports. Often athletes who gain press attention for acts of violence outside of their respective sporting event cast a pejorative shadow upon sports and upon athletes. The violent behavior of the few does not represent the overall sentiments and personalities of the many. The general public does not often receive press about athletes who participate in some of the most violent sports imaginable performing charity work or participating in calming hobbies such as yoga or ikebana.

There is always a potential for abuse and the potential for violent people to exploit the nature of their sport to satisfy their inappropriate desires for violence. While acknowledging that danger, we cannot totally disavow and dismiss sports, especially violent ones, just because of one particular aspect. Some of the greatest moments in human history occurred during sports events. One of the most celebrated, honored, and glorious sporting events will occur (again) this summer: the 2012 Summer Olympiad in London, England. Who would advocate for the absence of violence in sports to the point where the magnificence of the Olympics was diminished? Someone who did not understand and perhaps fear violence and/or sports would do that.


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