Thursday, September 30, 2010

Different Fields of Kinesiology

    Kinesiology is a broad field. It is defined as the science of movement. Many people connotate kinesiology with health promotion and physical fitness. However, I believe there are two different world within Kinesiology. One that is beneficial to the good of all. This is the one I mentioned above, helping individuals do be more active and live healthier, more quality lives. The other side I am not as supportive of. I feel there is a side in Kinesiology that focuses on self-interest. This is a new concept that was revolutionized in the 20th century.
     Greed has become a large part of sport nowadays, and in turn has become part of kinesiology. Americas are paying a person millions of dollars to run around a base.  In this quest for publicity, we have been sexualizing sport. Girls and boys alike are idolized for their bodies and not even necessarily their talent. Many of these athletes are on steroids and drugs to make themselves more appealing. What kind of example is this setting for society? I want to be a nation about more than looks and statistics. In this sense, sports have lost the values of teamwork, perseverance, and hardwork.
     Additionally, the greed comes out in the sport business now capitalizing our market. I consider the major of sport management less respectable than other majors.  People involved in this aspect of sporting world are not interested in helping society. They are in it to make money, or to create power for themselves. I dislike this world within Kinesiology, and wish rather we could have a greater focus on helping an individual and thus improving society. I do not want to be the field that brings the world into a greater focus on consumerism and commercialism. I feel we need retract a bit to where Kinesiology started: the study of movement not amplifying greed.

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