Derek Kreager, Assistant Professor at Penn State University, challenges the long-held belief that group sports develop strong, confident, and disciplined young men in a study that targeted the link between deviant behavior and youth sports. He concludes that
“Sports such as football, basketball, and baseball provide players with a certain status in society…But football and wrestling are associated with violent behavior because both sports involve some physical domination of the opponent, which is rewarded by the fans, coaches and other players. Players are encouraged to be violent outside the sport because they are rewarded for being violent inside it” (Dan Peterson, 2008).
What kind of values about teamwork, discipline, and self-respect are youth sports teaching our boys and girls? Read my article on the WM Parenting Connection to understand why I, an educator and a mom, believe kids should be enrolled in Martial Arts classes in lieu of youth sports teams. The skills and life lessons they are taught in classes like Tae Kwon Do are invaluable to them as children, and later on, as adults.