Thursday, December 15, 2016

* Soccer is for everyone

In the article, Soccer as Therapy for Mental Illness they talk about how sports in Italy is being used to help be a therapy or aid for many patients with mental illness such as post traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, depression and many more. Psychiatrists have found playing a complex game such as soccer helps them concentrate, build confidence and overall socialize with more people.
The most important aspect of this program is that we also make sure the patients have information about their illness, that they are aware of their own limitations and fully understand the parameters of their illness, when possible.

In my opinion, I think that this therapy program is a great way to keep these people active and help stabilize their everyday life. Most of these people in the country facing an illness are already used to playing soccer because it is a well-known popular sport. Since they already know how to play, being able to be on a field with a group of people helps them get away from reality and think about what is going on inside them and use it as a tool to have fun and play the game. In order to win a game you must communicate with your teammates to get a goal. I think this helps the players talk with one another to figure out a plan, creating them to make new friends. The goal would not only be to win but to get out of a depression and face the illness they are having.

As results have shown, many of the people facing a mental issue while playing soccer have lowered their use on medications and some are back to having a job and living in a regular life. I think that the therapist in charge should keep them on a regular day basis to play the sport, to the point that it becomes an everyday commitment. This will help them keep their mind off of their illness and socialize with people. Not only does playing soccer stop the usage of medication because it keeps them busy and they don't think about what is going on. They will want to keep playing the game instead. It also increases the health status because they are staying active. I believe many of the patients relate to average athletes when on the pitch because they forget what’s going on in their head and focus on what's happening in the game. As the same goes for me, I usually block out my mind from distracting me and listen to my teammates on what is going on in the game. Soccer is a sport that helps people get away from what is bothering them and try to be their best at something.

I believe the most amazing part of this therapy is that doesn't only have to be used in Italy, people in America could use it but play basketball or football instead. I think the idea of getting these people out of a room of depression or a house they can’t leave and giving them something to look forward too every day is an amazing program to benefit the mental health program. I also look at this method to be used in any person at any age that face any problem in life, including being shy, not talkative, or even somebody who just needs a friend. I think if a group of people who were healthy and stable contribute to the games, that these people would feel the love and be able to fit into a place they thought they would've never found.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

* Working Together as a Team

Soccer is a game played with eleven players. One goal could win the game in a matter of 10 seconds and even the players on the sidelines impact everything. A team is how you accomplish victory by working together and communicating. Many sports are individual or smaller groups of people out on the field at a time, but that is what is amazing about this game. Every player you put out on the pitch will have contributed to the team by either getting open, defending the other team, passing to your teammate or stopping a goal from the opposite team. The players on the bench contribute by cheering and giving them best the attitude to keep their teammates active. The hurt players that are still there to help use the knowledge they have, in their position to help put another player that may be in their place. Every person on the team works together to earn a win. That is one reason this game is beautifully played.

Another reason this sport is a good team builder is because at practices everyone works together as a team. For example if we are running pacers and I was at sixty-five but, almost everyone else had already quit my teammates would get a sip of water and then join me to encourage me to never give up. We also do a lot of team competitions, where you have a partner that you must work together to build you closer to understand how one another plays. Not only at practice but also at home or before games we have team bonding to make the season fun, while spending time with some of our best friends. Usually one of the parents make a dinner and we go there to eat before a game to talk about the game and help us prepare.

An example of working together is a group of athletes, boys and girls, who I know at my school still practice and workout even though the season has came to an end. They do ball touches, running and different cone drills to keep their skills up and work together to not give up but to keep getting better and better. I believe this is a perfect example of a team and an example that everyone can take from.

Monday, December 5, 2016

* Title Nine impact on Women's sports

On June 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a document that gave women around the world more freedom in education and federally funded activities. This document is known as Title IX, which prevents sex oriented discrimination in anything that the federal government funds. This made it easier for women to participate in the activities that they had previously wanted to but were either not allowed to or were made fun of for wanting to do based on their sex. Any group from 1972 to present day, are no longer to discriminate based on a person's sex if they receive funding from a federal agency. Though Title IX is known for making education and activities easier for women to participate in, it doesn’t only apply to females. It also applies to males and gender nonconforming people. Title IX also gives aid to people in situations where they are being sexually assaulted and or harassed based on the gender they present themselves as. This ensures that students are not sexually taken advantage of due to being female or male. This was put into place so that in schools and even workplaces nobody was sexually harassed or discriminated upon due to what their sex is or what they look like. And if people were made aware of any of this going on and they didn’t put an immediate stop to it, the federal government would put an immediate halt on any money that the company, school or business was receiving from them. Title IX was implemented to make safer workplaces and schools for not only women but males and gender nonconforming peoples.

Title nine has impacted women in many ways, this was the opportunity for women to prove their athleticism was just as good as any man. The women were not allowed to compete in many competitions, could not get scholarships and were overall separated from equal rights. When title nine first started the participation for women's sports jumped to about 41% compared to 7% because they were able to have funding. For example Billie Jean King, who couldn’t get a tennis scholarship while studying at Cal State Los Angeles, campaigned for higher pay and professional treatment for women tennis players. When she created a league for women to compete in and later on having a tournament against the men's team called “battle of the sexes” she was most famous for defeating former Wimbledon champion and tennis player Bobbie Riggs. In 1973 a match captivated and changed the way women looked at themselves, one player had said “I just had to play,” announced in a newsweek paper and in another interview another lady had said “Title IX had just passed, and I wanted to change the hearts and minds of people to match the legislation.”

Title nine impacted women by equal access to higher education, more career opportunities, protection to pregnant women in schools, increased the amount of  aloud to teach in schools, it changed gender stereotypes in the classroom, fighting against sexual harassment stopped, access to all sports benefitted women to play on varsity sports team to help show their talent, scholarships were now offered to women for academics and athletics, the self confidence in all women increased.

This world changing law  "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance” has helped shaped women into an understanding to be who they want to be without the help of others. Being able to compete in a sport they love with other women to earn scholarships or even just a medal, helps them build confidence, determination and a better understanding of life.