Sports and Men's Health
by popcm on October 24, 2014 - 12:01am
In my Gendered World Views class, we recently learned about the relation between sports and hegemonic masculinity. What stuck out to me is a certain part of a reading derived from Handbook of Studies on Man and Masculinities where Michael Messner talks about men's health in sports. The reason I choose to talk about this subject is because I don't believe I've ever given conscious thought to the fact that sport and health, contrary to popular belief, are often not synonymous. In fact, as explained in the reading mentioned above, men are being taught to use their bodies as tools and ignore their pain and emotions while performing. This explains why research has found that often times sport is associated with unhealthy practices, pain, injury, drug abuse, alcohol abuse and low life expectancy. This phenemenon also relates to workaholics in the workplace. While I still look up to many athletes for their achievements and I believe that the mind plays a crucial role in surpassing our physical "limits", I think the real debate is where we draw the line between healthy and unhealthy practices.
To further read on this subject : http://mediasmarts.ca/gender-representation/men-and-masculinity/masculin...