Here is an interesting phrase that I had not heard before … “sports wound.”
I just came across a post by a clinical psychologist who uses this phrase. I have posted a link to the webpage that displays this post. Dr. William Van Ornum’s comments are quite relevant to this thread. Please click on the link and read the post so you will know what in the world I’m talking about.
Now I must make a disclaimer so I will not be misunderstood by sincere people or personally insulted by intolerant people who do not know me and would never even consider speaking to me privately. I have absolutely no problem with people who enjoy sports either as spectators or participants. I have always respected athletic participation, as I would any other endeavor requiring self-discipline. I am simply opposed to nonathletic boys being bullied simply because they have no interest in sports. There have been men of great courage who never participated in sports. The negative stereotype of nonathletic boys as having homosexual tendencies is particularly vile and ludicrous -- never mind that gay men have always participated in rough contact sports, just as they have participated in just about every other realm of human endeavor. I’m amazed that this vicious stereotype is still believed by many people today.
As I have said before, sports-centered P.E. should be retained for the school athletes and those students who want to participate in sports as an ELECTIVE, not
as a mandatory course. If P.E. is to be mandatory for nonathletic students, genuine fitness classes should be provided for them. If such classes cannot be provided, send the nonathletic kids to a health club. Otherwise, leave the nonathletic kids alone.
I do not agree with Dr. Ornum, though, when he says that “many coaches and physical education teachers are sensitive to this (the bullying of nonathletic boys) and intervene.” I know that some of them are; but I think many more of them (probably the majority) view nonathletic boys with indifference or outright contempt.
I do not intend the following comment to be insulting, but someone needs to say this: Kuvasz and all the others like him -- who apparently see no difference between, say (to use kuvasz' example early in this thread), a high-school football player having trouble with trigonometry and a nonathletic boy being bullied
in a sport-centered mandatory P.E. class -- need to read Dr. Orum’s post and learn …