Body Image In Sports
To What Degree Does It Affect Developing Athletes??
Recognizing Issues with Body Image
Suffering Through Body Image
Why Is This Important ?
What manifest in sports?
Anxiety surrounding body image and exercise is related to muscle gain, weight control and attractiveness leading to the question “Does this manifest in sport?” In short, yes it does, while athletes and coaches should be aware that personal sporting identity and body image are vulnerable to damage due to a perceived failure to meet the ideal body shape and physical self worth. This is developed though four forms of physical self-perception:
Serena Williams is among history's most celebrated athletes and refuses to let that be tainted by perception.
“For every negative comment, there are 300,000 positive ones,’’ Williams told The Miami Herald . “My fans are incredibly supportive. I look like a normal athlete, a normal woman walking down the street, a thicker one. I’m OK with that. I love that. You have to be OK with yourself no matter if you’re size 0 or a little bigger, like me. A lot of other people say I inspire them to be comfortable with themselves. My mom was really strong on that, on learning to love yourself. (Mcmillen, 2015)
The Message Being Sent.
Body image is the way that someone perceives their body and assumes that others perceive them. This image is often affected by family, friends, social pressure and the media.
People who are unhappy with their bodies and don't seek healthy nutrition information may develop eating disorders. "Eating disorders" are unhealthy relationships with food that may include fasting, constant dieting, or binging and purging. (DoSomething, 2014)
Body image is closely linked to self-esteem. Low self-esteem in adolescents can lead to eating disorders, early sexual activity, substance use and suicidal thoughts. However us together can bring encouraging words and actions towards each other to break this trend and let everyone be who they are, which is unique!
All of the information that I have learned throughout this project, there are still left over research that should be done to provide a more detail explanation of body image in developing athletes, such as:
-How do we prevent young athletes from experiencing the lack of self-confidence?
-How can we inform and give knowledge to coach/guardians about the risk of body image?
-How can we get developing athlete more access to help?
-How can WE change the overall perspective of one ideal body to every body is ideal?
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-BT Sport survey: Body image insecurities rife in women's sport. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2016, from http://sport.bt.com/women-in-sport/bt-sport-survey-body-image-insecurities-rife-in-womens-sport-S11363867248465
-Serena Williams on body image: 'I look like a normal athlete' (2015, August 29). Retrieved January 19, 2016, from http://www.sportingnews.com/sport-news/4653809-serena-williams-body-image-normal-athlete-us-open-tennis-grand-slam-serena-slam