Physical Activity, Sport And Cultural Identity
- The role of competition
- Links to cultural identity
- Relationships to health
- Ways of thinking about the body.
The Role of Competition
- Although the joy of participation in spirit, competition in sport is encouraged in all western nations, everyone’s goal being victory over others.
- For some cultures however, underlying benefits of participation are more important as compared to winning.
- Often, success in a sporting event increases a community or nation’s confidence and motivates the team to perform even better.
Links to Cultural Identity
- The roots of Australian sports are buried in England and were introduced in Australia by the then upper class.
- Sports are often linked to culture that goes back to an individual’s country of origin. Every culture has an unique sport.
Relationships to Health
- Sports induces physical activity, maintaining homeostasis and optimum metabolism, that helps the body stay sound and fit.
- The risks of a healthy body being prone to lifestyle disease are less.
Ways of Thinking About the Body
- Pop-culture references to imaging an athlete’s physique as a perfect body type often leads to social issues, e.g. teenage gym culture.
- Sports such as gymnastics often demand excessive training periods to keep the body in shape.