The socio-cultural aspects of sport are significant and must be managed through proper planning.
Athletes are socialized through their sport beginning at the community level, and eventually their participation can lead them to a diverse array of multicultural experiences if they pursue international competition. Managed correctly, these socio-cultural experiences can be valuable in broadening the social understanding of athletes, including their awareness of ethnicity, culture and national diversity.
Sport socialization also must address sport subculture to ensure general societal values and norms will be internalized via sport participation. As well, coaches and parents must guard against group dynamics which create a culture of abuse or bullying. Ethics training should be integrated into training and competition plans at all stages of LTAD.
As athletes begin travelling larger distances for competition, recovery periods might include education about the competition location, such as history, geography, architecture, cuisine, literature, music, and visual arts.
With planning and foresight, sport can offer much more than a simple commute between hotel room and the competition venue: it can become a powerful means to develop socio-cultural awareness and enrich the lives of athletes.
Socio-cultural activity should not be regarded as a negative distraction or an interference with competition activities. Properly managed, it can be a positive contribution to the development of the person and the athlete.
- Recreation Professionals
- Health Practitioners
- Athletes with Disabilities
- Women and Girls